Figures from the RAC Foundation have revealed some of our region's councils are making far more money than others from car park charges.
And while the local authorities insist the charges are justified and the money is being ploughed back into services, they are being warned not to take advantage of the region's drivers.
Rochford District Council in Essex has been awarded the Safer Parking Award Scheme Park Mark.
The Safer Parking Scheme is an initiative of the Association of Chief Police Officers
at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking facilities.