Increasing opposition to the residential pay and display parking in Dublin city streets has led to proposed changes in procedures.

Currently, 25% of residents have to sign a petition before a ballot is held to decide whether pay and display ticketing is introduced.

Dublin City Council is now proposing that this percentage be increased to 35% as a "good proportion" of schemes were returning a "No" majority when put to a vote.

A report to councillors stated that this means valuable time and resources are being used on schemes that do not succeed.

In each case, the proposal has to be referred to the Parking Policy section for approval and to the Area Engineer for design and Health and Safety verification before it goes to ballot.

The council is also proposing that the ballot be opened up to all residents on a street and not just those on the electoral register.

Ballots can be held on whether to introduce a pay and display scheme or for changes to an existing one.

The proposed change in procedure is due to be voted on at the next monthly council meeting.

Chairperson of the Transport Committee and independent councillor Christy Burke said that many residents vote against pay and display because it means they will have to pay a yearly charge for a residential permit.

He said this has left many roads in Ballybough and North Strand free of parking charges resulting in commuters leaving their cars there all day and catching a bus into the city centre.

Mr Burke said: "This is leading to a lot of problems with illegal parking on pavements and blocking access even to emergency vehicles".