Back in May, we had told you about MonkeyParking, an app that let users make money by letting them sell their street parking spot to others when they left. The company behind the app today announced that they’d be shutting down operations in San Francisco.
The app allowed drivers leaving prime street parking spot to auction it off to other users of the app who are willing to pay anywhere from $5 to $20 so they don’t have to waste time or fuel circling the block to find one.
The move to shut down comes a few weeks after San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a cease-and-desist letter to the startup that asked them to shut down as the app was in violation of city code.
City police code forbids individuals and companies from buying, selling or renting public parking spaces, and mandates fines of up to $300 for drivers who violate the law.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera gave MonkeyParking a July 11 deadline to shut down the app and simultaneously called on Apple to remove the app from its App Store. It was only available on iPhones.
MonkeyParking says “We are currently reviewing our service to clarify our value proposition and avoid any future misunderstandings.” The app is still available on the App Store, but it’s possible that the developers take it down until they resume services.
Were you a user of the MoneyParking app? What do you think about it being forced to shut down? Let us know in the comments.