Angus Council's administration is set to bow to "people power" and perform a costly U-turn over parking.
The workplace parking levy (WPL) would hit low-paid workers the most and be used by stretched local councils to plug funding gaps rather than improve public transport, MSPs have been warned.
A motorist will be one of the first to use a new independent appeals system to fight a "ridiculous" fine from a car park in Perth run by a private company.
Drivers who believe they have been wrongly fined by private car parking companies will now be able to fight the charge through an independent appeals system.
A Conservative MSP has urged staff at Ninewells Hospital to throw their weight behind a campaign to scrap hospital parking charges.
Short stay parking in Angus could double from two hours to four under the latest plan brought forward on the controversial issue.
A senior West End councillor has called for the planned introduction of car parking charges to be delayed until a residents' parking scheme is introduced.
The gates have been slammed shut on "disrespectful" Angus motorists, who have been parking in a funeral home car park to avoid charges.
The money received by Perth and Kinross Council through car parking fines in the city has rocketed 74% in two years.
Angus car park income is showing a positive change of direction for the first time since the scheme came into force but not enough to stop the controversial set-up meeting only half its hoped-for first year budget boost.