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Good Idea or Bad Idea? Free Business Idea

September 3rd, 2007  |  Published in business  |  1 Comment

I had some arbitrary business idea earlier today, which it could either be really good, or really illegal, I’m not sure which :)

My mother went to the traffic department to pay for a speeding ticket for my brother, because he was working and couldn’t take off to go pay for it. So my mother asked sincerely if she could get a discount, and she got quite a substantial discount.

So, I was thinking, the Traffic Departments often have a hard time collecting fines from people, and a lot of the time if could just be because it’s too difficult to take time off work stand in long queue’s at the traffic department and loss out on soo much precious time in our lives, only to lose money, so we put it off until the absolute last moment. We want to be legal and pay our fines and make this world a better place and all that jazz, but the system just makes it impossible, or at least very difficult, for us to do the right thing.

So, I thought why doesn’t someone, collect fines from people and offer to take care of them on their behalf, say with a 5% discount on their fines even. So you don’t have to spend your time in long queue’s and you get a discount on your fine. This business then takes all those collected fines and pays them in bulk at their local traffic department for a greater discount than what they are offering to their customers. You would obviously need to work out with your local traffic department how much discount you would be eligible for, for early payment and bulk discount, etc. Perhaps have something in writing and signed by the right people, and make it all legal and above board.

It’s a win-win situation. The traffic departments don’t have to chase after people trying to get money out them, they get paid painlessly. And, people who owe the traffic department fines, can pay them with a discount, effortlessly and painlessly, without wasting their time.

Another arbitrary thought that popped in my head just now, is people would probably be more willing to pay their traffic fines, if it positively influenced their credit rating. Does it at the moment? I’m not sure.

But, I think my business idea is quite brilliant :) What do you think?

Responses

  1. David Freitas says:

    September 6th, 2007 at 9:45 pm (#)

    Hay,

    Yes, this has been done before by these traffic fine online sites, you could pay them to pay your fine.
    Try these sites:
    http://www.defza.com/wordpress/za/view-traffic-fine-photos-south-africa

    The bulk paying idea is a good idea though.
    Or if people could pay by EFT that would be cool. Actually, you can pay fines at ATMs come to think of it…

    Cheers.

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