Parking in cities can be stressful and expensive but there is a new app to solve all of your problems. AppyParking is here for you.
If you live in or frequent a city then you will know the very real struggle of finding a parking space that isn’t riddled with limitations that leave you feeling anxious and rushed. One man who knew all about that struggle has taken big steps to revolutionize inner city parking and help ease the stress. Say hello to AppyParking.
What is AppyParking?
AppyParking is a free to download smartphone App that shows drivers all the on-street and off-street parking options in the city. It’s multiple features include; displaying “Nearest & Cheapest” parking spaces, electric car charge points, disabled bays, motorbike bays and multi storey car parks across the city making it really easy to find all parking spaces.
The App aims to save time, stress and money for anyone who needs to park in London and other busy cities, although currently it is limited to Edinburgh, Manchester, Brighton, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Bristol, Norwich and Portsmouth. This is set to change though.
We got to have a chat with Dan Hubert, CEO of AppyParking to get the low down on the latest parking app. We asked if the App would soon be able to give data for the rest of the UK and he confirmed this, adding “We are continuing to roll out new cities thick and fast. We also have some great new features coming along, such as nearest and cheapest petrol.”
Dan said “We have the technology and partners to roll out a full scale real-time parking solution so that we can tell drivers what spaces are available before they get there. We have also teamed up with Vodafone drivexone to turn cars into sensors creating the world’s first ‘One Click Parking’ system’’
AppyParking are on a mission to take all the guesswork and stress out of parking so that people can spend more time enjoying the things they love. Studies have shown that looking for a car space takes the average Brit 333 days and costs £34,000 over their lifetime. Last year motorists were fined £667 million!
The idea came about when CEO Dan Hubert was struggling to find a parking spot;
‘’One day I was looking for parking in London to attend a gig, and all the resident and paid bays were full. There were yellow lines outside the venue that no one had parked on, so I asked a traffic warden passing by if I could park on the single yellows and he said . He told me that it was legal to park there after 6:30pm, meaning I had VIP parking outside the gig for the night and I got to feel very smug about it! I went to the council at a later point to see if this data was available and it wasn’t, so this became the start of my journey.’’
It was then that Dan thought something had to be done about this awful lack of communication between council and drivers. We asked Dan what the harshest parking limitation or fine he had ever seen was and we couldn’t believe the answer. Disabled drivers were also being stung.
“In Central London there are unique disabled badge parking rules that don’t comply with the generic blue badge rules, that aren’t signpost. As a result disabled drivers return to their car to find it’s gone. AppyParking is the only app to show all this information to alleviate the situation and to make sure it never happens again.”
Does it work?
AppyParking is already saving over 100,000 users time and money and local businesses are also benefiting. Charlie Mullins, CEO and founder of Pimlico Plumbers used the App to try and cut costs acquired by parking fines and it works amazingly well. Mullins said “This app has the potential to save Pimlico Plumbers £100,000 a year. It will also improve efficiency and save time, all of which will benefit the service we provide to our customers,”.
An engineer from Pimlico who used the App said “Time is money at the end of the day and getting two or three tickets a month isn’t uncommon. Sometimes just getting a parking spot feels like a full-time job and the working man really doesn’t need the hassle. I found AppyParking very simple to use, allowing me to quickly park up and focus on my job.”
AppyParking has received backing and support from all over the country with president of the European Parking Association at London Councils, Nick Lester, saying “Anything which gives motorists better information about where they can and cannot park is a good thing as it avoids drivers getting a parking ticket. Dan Hubert’s passion and drive to create a holistic smartphone app that can give drivers better and more reliable information is ambitious and admirable.”
Give it a try?