Aberdeen Labour and the SNP have clashed over plans to raise parking charges in the city.
The SNP group has pledged in its local government manifesto to reverse the Labour-led administration’s current policy on parking charges.
Cllr Ross Grant, Aberdeen Labour transport spokesman, said his party would keep the cap on permit costs, and review parking charges and bus lanes across the city – which could see some opened up to drivers.
A 12-month permit currently costs £50 for the first and £120 for the second.
Cllr Grant said the SNP opted to raise parking and permit charges in its 2015 and 2016 budgets.
He added: “Now they have said in their manifesto they will reverse current car parking charges which only means an increase in both parking and permit charges for the city.
“Aberdeen is the lowest funded council in Scotland and rather than attack motorists and citizens with increases in parking and permit charges, the SNP should be asking the Scottish Government to give Aberdeen a fairer funding settlement.”
Cllr Michael Hutchison, the SNP group’s infrastructure spokesman, said: “We’ve always been clear we want to see this populist policy scrapped.
“It costs money to set up and enforce a controlled parking zone and if we’re going to subsidise that then it removes money from other priorities, be that schools or other frontline services.
“I’m surprised Labour are looking at subsidising this even further through bus lane enforcement fines – after all, that money is meant to be a diminishing resource, and it’s also currently used to subsidise bus routes that First have turned their back on.
“Ultimately, the policy also goes against the masterplan’s aim to get more folk out of their cars in our city centre, and reduce emissions too – Labour can’t have their cake and eat it.”
But the SNP has said it supports a new scheme that could see multi-storey parking charges cut to just £1 for Monday to Thursday evenings.
Cllr Ian Yuill, Liberal Democrat group leader, said: “We have no plans to increase permit or parking charges.
“Our view is that at the moment the last thing we should be doing is making it more expensive to park in the city centre as that will discourage people at a time when the economy has seen challenges.”