The parking permit schemes in Bristol City to go digital

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If you don’t have access to the internet, don’t worry, paper permits are still going to be there for you. With that said, digital parking permits will be going live this month. This means that motorists won’t have to show the paper versions.

A lot of Bristol neighbourhoods, including the likes of St Pauls, Southville, and Clifton Village, operate with resident parking schemes. However, these schemes are now being thrust into the 21st century via the launch of this new online portal. Kye Dudd, the cabinet member for transport in the Bristol City Council, stated that the move to digital is set to significantly improve resident and business customer experiences in the city.

Businesses and residents due for permit renewals will now start getting letters that will, via the council’s website, direct them to the new MiPermit online portal. Once there, they’ll be able to create online accounts, obtain visitor and resident permits, and change vehicle registration numbers – all of which can immediately be used.

MiPermit, which has partnered with a software company known as Chipside for the launch, provides its users with cashless permits and parking services on behalf of the city councils all across the United Kingdom. The council’s enforcement department can now digitally check whether vehicles have valid permits without having to check the one that has been displayed.

The council believes that this move will help improve enforcement and parking administration processes. Those that can’t get on the internet, however, will still have access to the paper print versions.

Mr. Dudd went on further to state that the digital-based procedure will allow for both residents and businesses to self-manage a majority of the permit administration services on their own at any time. This includes the changing of vehicle registration numbers and digitally applying for resident permits.

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