Ticket Away

There is only one thing worse than having a car towed away for parking violations: getting the automobile back after it has been taken by police. The process can consume an entire day and involve almost as much hassle and humbling as being drummed out of the regiment. Endless hours must be spent in lines leading to sometimes abusive traffic-court clerks who treat parking offenders as if they were homicide suspects. Policemen and judges often heap scorn on a miscreant. Tow-truck operators can be just as surly.

Now entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C., and Boston are prepared to absorb these slings and arrows...

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