A new parking system which uses virtual permits to tackle fraudulent usage is being developed by a Aberdeen City Council.
A project team at the city council which includes officers from the City Warden Service, is currently working to source and implement a new parking system.
Councillors will also be asked today to give disability badge enforcement officers the power to punish people who abuse the resident parking permit system in the meantime.
This follows a motion lodged by independent councillor Jennifer Stewart to expand the duties of blue badge inspectors.
She has previously said the issue is a “sore point” for residents who pay for their permit.
A report by Derek McGowan, the council’s head of communities, housing and infrastructure, said: “This project is looking at all the technology currently used in the parking sector nationally with the aim of making the system more efficient, cost effective and improving customer experience.
“Part of this project includes a review of the existing permit system as a range of new technologies can offer improved systems, such as virtual permits.
“These systems remove the possibility of altered or fraudulently produced permits being used within the city, by removing the need for paper permits to be issued.”
As of May 2017, there are 13,045 valid permits in the city.
Presently, where alleged misuse of permits is suspected, a resident will be issued with a warning letter by the service.
Some examples of a permit misuse would be a permit displayed on the wrong vehicle or residential permits being used by businesses.
Permit fraud would be considered where false details have been submitted as part of the application process or where permits have been copied or altered to look like a valid permit.
For 2012-16 there have been a total of 16 documented cases of misuse of a permit and six cases of fraudulent permits either being copied or altered to appear valid.
The new parking system is expected to be adopted in around 10 months.