Councillors are set to discuss a proposal that could see free parking scrapped at Aberdeenshire pay and display car parks.
Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee will discuss the move at its meeting on Thursday.
A number of options will be considered, with officers instructed to start consultation.
Included in proposals are removing free periods at car parks, standardising them, increasing parking tariffs, extending charges into other areas of the North-east, reviewing charging hours and looking at the provision of electric vehicle charging points.
Currently car parks across Aberdeenshire have free periods varying in length from 30 minutes up to an hour.
Parking charges could increase from £1.20 to £2 for two hours, £3 for three hours, up from £2, and an increase of £1 for up to 10 hours to £6.
Despite an increase in people using pay and display car parks the council has a projected deficit of £160,000 for 2017/2018.