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Virtual parking permit system launched in Havering

Support is available for people who do not have access to the internet 

A new virtual parking permit system has been launched in Havering. 

People who complete an online parking permit application will no longer be sent a paper permit to display in their vehicle. 

Instead they will be given a virtual one using MiPermit which traffic wardens can detect by scanning a vehicles number plate. 

This will stop people from being fined when their physical permit falls to the floor or if they forget to display them. 

“We currently issue around 100,000 paper permits every year,” said Councillor Osman Dervish, Havering’s cabinet member for environment.

“By moving away from paper based permits to virtual permits, it will enable us to provide a better, less costly and more environmentally friendly service.”

Councillor Osman Dervish (credit: Havering Council)

Residents can apply for a parking permit on the local council’s website or via the MiPermit app which can be downloaded for free on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

The permit will be active from the moment it is paid for. This includes being able to activate visitor permits via an app, online or over the phone. 

“There will still be an option to have paper permits for visitors, but residents will also be able to activate visitor permits using the new online system,” said a spokesperson for Havering Council.

“It means that customers will no longer have to wait for their permits or visitor vouchers in the post.”

Havering Council believes all physical permits will be replaced by the virtual system by the end of spring 2022. 

“The new system is more secure, more reliable and enables residents to take control of their own permits and visitor permits in their own time at their leisure,” added the spokesperson. 

“There will be support available for people who are unable to apply themselves or don’t have access to the internet.”

For a step-by-step guide of how to apply and use the online system, visit the Havering Council website here.

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