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New app allows users to escape parking fines
A Brussels start-up has developed an app that allows users to warn each other when parking enforcement officers are in the neighbourhood. The start-up behind cPark has been accepted into the start it@KBC programme, which offers coaching, office space and help with a business plan.
cPark informs users about parking regulations in any given street, how often the street is patrolled by police – and the hour they normally hit that street – and the ability to check if anyone has reported parking agents in the surrounding area. Users can then make an informed choice if they want to pay for parking in the street or not.
Outside of parking regulations, the app is user-run, meaning there must be enough users in any single city to make it useful. “We think that 20,000 users per city is optimal,” said Hadrien Crespin, who launched the app this week.
A pilot project has been carried out over the last few weeks in Brussels with 5,000 users. The app is also now available to download for residents of Antwerp.
Because the information is user-generated, the app is legal, confirmed Crespin.