Wichita Considers App To Report Disabled Parking Violations

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email
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Parking Mobility

More than 500,000 users in USA (1,263 users in Wichita)

From January 1 to July 30, Wichita users have submitted 847 violations

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wichita city leaders are considering a smartphone application that would allow qualified volunteers to report disabled parking violations.

"Our goal with Parking Mobility is to turn each citation into an educational opportunity for 10 people," said Mark Marsh, project director for Parking Mobility.

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Access Advisory Board hosted a presentation for Parking Mobility this morning. The mayor and four council members attended the meeting.

The free smartphone application allows people to become users and upload photos of parking violations.

In Wichita, more than 1,200 people have downloaded the app. More than 800 violations have been reported since the beginning of this year but those violations do not translate to citations. Until the city approves the program, that information is only used for data collection.

"What Parking Mobility can provide is the ability to take it to that next level, to decrease the administrative cost and the overhead of the program," said Marsh. "Also to help create that community education and awareness, that you can actually end the program, which is our goal."

The cost of the program can be funded by parking fines paid or as a line item on the city's budget.

"We're in learning mode and we're trying to just gather as much information as possible about something that is an issue in our city," said James Clendenin, Wichita city council member.

The council will have a workshop in October to discuss the Parking Mobility program.

For more information about Parking Mobility, click here.

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