The creator of a new app called "Park Safe LA" is hoping this app will help decipher the city's parking restrictions.
Techie Michael Brouillet created the app after garnering $1500 in parking fines and late penalties in the first 18 months after moving to L.A.
The app is based on a photo glossary of parking restriction signs : the driver locates the same sign confronting him. Text below the photo explains, in understandable language, what the city's sign really means and whether it's legal to park. With multiple signs, you must check each photo against the app.
Brouillet says that as parking tickets bring in a lot of revenue to the city, L.A. has no motivation to make the signs more understandable.
One photo featured on Park Safe L.A. shows three city signs on one post in a school zone. The top sign states, "Passenger loading only 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on school days" while a sign below it states "Two-hour parking 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m." and the bottom sign warns "Tow away no stopping 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. school days."
To decode that: you can park there, you just can't stop or you'll be towed.
The app also explains the different meanings behind different colored curb painting red means no parking and no stopping. The yellow curb is for freight loading and unloading, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, for 30 minutes. But you may not know that anyone can park on the yellow for five minutes, at any time. A white curb allows for five minute parking , 24 hours a day. Green restricts you to 15 or 30 minutes, as marked, at nursery schools and convenience stores between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Blue curbs are solely for those with disabled placards or plates.
The app is available for free with ads, or for 99 cents without.