Night parking in Milwaukee? There’s an app for that

Steve Chamraz

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Night parking in Milwaukee? There’s an app for that

CREATED Aug. 13, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug. 13, 2013

MILWAUKEE – It’s one of the quirks of parking on a city street: before you put your car to bed for the night, you need to tuck it in with the Department of Public Works.

City ordinance requires night parking permission for any car left on a public parking space between the hours of 2 and 6 a.m.

In the past, that’s meant buying a window sticker, calling a phone number or using a city website to make your car street legal.

Failing to do so will result in a ticket.

Now, drivers have a new option for avoiding the parking police in the form of an iPhone app.

Josh Holtz is a programmer who designed the “Goodnight Car” app to solve what was ultimately a personal problem.

“Since I moved to Milwaukee six years ago, I've probably got a good eight or so tickets,” Holtz said, admitting most of the violations were for failing to register his car for night parking.

Goodnight Car locates your parking spot on a map of Milwaukee and then sends your license plate and location to directly to a website run by the city.

Holtz did not seek approval from the city before launching his app, but insists it works seamlessly with the system most people use to register their cars.

So far, the app has been downloaded about 200 times. The basic version is free and allows one check-in per month. For more than that, you can upgrade the app for 99 cents.

Though Holtz admits the app was created to solve a problem, not make him a millionaire.

“I’ve got a few bucks,” he said. “I’m not going for the money on this one. It’s more for helping people out since it didn’t really take too long for me to do.”