A new virtual parking system will be introduced in Redditch by the council from April 1.

The Redditch Borough Council announced that the new system, which can be accessed through MiPermit, will replace the traditional residential parking permits.

Part of the 2024/25 scheme, the new system, the council said, eliminates the need for residents to receive physical permits to display in their vehicles outside or nearby their homes.

All permits will be virtual instead.

Cllr Brandon Clayton, Environmental Services portfolio holder, said: "There are so many benefits to this new system.

"The virtual permits are more cost-effective and are also much better for the environment.

"Add to that the fact that they are also much more convenient and easier to update at the touch of a button and it’s a win-win scenario.

“We understand that change can be daunting, which is why we are encouraging residents to apply for virtual permits well ahead of the April 1st deadline. Our team is here to assist anyone who may need support during this transition, so please ask for help if you need it."

The council said due to the number of new applications, residents should apply at least 10 days before the deadline to ensure their application is approved ahead of the cut off.

Aiming to maximise convenience, minimise costs, and boost sustainability, the new system enables residents to manage their permits directly from their smartphone or computer, doing away with paper forms.

The council said due to the different needs of the community, assistance to individuals requiring additional support to complete the online application will be provided.

Drop-in sessions will be held at the council's customer service centre on February 22 and March 13 between 10am and 4pm.

A dedicated team will offer guidance, register people, and answer questions.

The council said help is available at other times, should residents need it.

Cllr Matt Dormer, council leader, said: "The introduction of virtual permits is an important step towards modernising our parking management system.

"We appreciate your cooperation and support as we work together to create a more convenient, efficient, and sustainable parking system for all those affected."

Through the MiPermit app, users can update their vehicle registration details and manage their annual visitor permits in minutes.

Current Residents’ Parking Permit(s) and Visitors’ Permits expire on March 31.

The council said any physical permits with an expiry date of March 31 must remain displayed in the vehicle up to and including that date, as the new virtual permits will only become valid from April 1.

For more information and to access the MiPermit resident’s virtual permit portal, visit the parking section of the Redditch Borough Council website www.redditchbc.gov.uk.