The City of New York intends to develop mobile payment options for those paying fines for parking violations.
The city's Department of Finance issued a request for information document to technology vendors, seeking input and bids for the development of such a system. The department is requesting consideration of alternative payment options such as Bitcoin, PayPal and Apple Pay.
The proposals, which are due to the city by Jan. 15, will also include traditional payment mechanisms such as credit or debit cards, or Automated Clearing House payments.
The city says it issues between 8 million and 10 million parking tickets a year, primarily through the New York Police Department and traffic enforcement agents who report to the NYPD. The city estimates it collects between $550 million and $600 million from base fines and penalties on the parking violations.
The city currently offers both payment and adjudication of parking tickets online, through the mail or in person.
The department is requesting information to identify and assess mobile platforms and learn about their current use and future viability. It is also important that the platforms can support a process in which the alleged parking violator can request a hearing about the parking ticket.
The department also wants to determine which kind of mobile payment system can support real-time payments or the scheduling of hearings for "windshield" tickets that have been issued but not yet loaded into the department's IT systems.