Parking offences in Argyll and Bute are set to be decriminalised later this year - but the chances of the culprits being caught and punished should increase at the same time.
Bute Community Council was told this week that responsibility for handing out parking tickets will pass from Police Scotland to Argyll and Bute Council on Monday, May 12.
Local Police Scotland sergeant Dave Wilkinson told BCC members that from that date, council employees would patrol throughout the island - and that the staff with the power to issue parking tickets would also have the authority to issue penalties for dog fouling.
Len Scoullar, one of the island’s three Argyll and Bute councillors, said that two wardens would operate in each of the authority’s four administrative areas, including Bute and Cowal.
Councillor Scoullar also said inspections of relevant road markings, such as disabled bays and double yellow lines, would be carried out across the council area during February.
At present council staff can only issue parking tickets for offences in designated council car parks, such as Guildford Square in the centre of Rothesay, while police officers have only been able to look at parking transgressions when their other duties allow - leading some drivers to accuse them of inconsistency.