Local authorities in Cumbria made more than £4 million from parking charges last year.
Figures from the RAC Foundation found South Lakeland made the biggest surplus in the county.
But Cumbria County Council was one of the few authorities in the country that didn't make a profit.
The figures were calculated by adding up income from parking charges and penalty notices, and then deducting the running costs.
- South Lakeland - £2,363,000
- Allerdale - £1,206,000
- Carlisle - £510,000
- Copeland - £188,000
- Eden - £89,000
- Cumbria County Council - lost £338,000
Charges for on-street parking and residents’ parking permits will not be introduced across Cumbria.
During the consultation process concerns were raised about the current enforcement process. It was felt that Cumbria County Council could have left itself open to legal challenges.
Plans to introduce controversial parking charges in Carlisle and across Cumbria have divided opinions in the city.
The County Council says charges are necessary because of budget cuts, but local businesses have voiced concerns about the effect that the new charges could have on their trade.
Katie Hunter reports.
Dozens of streets in Carlisle could soon be subject to on-street parking charges.
The County Council wants to enforce the fees across Cumbria and says charges are necessary amid budget cuts.
Some traders say it will harm their businesses because they don't think people will pay to park, but others have welcomed the move as a way to ease congestion.
Carlisle City councillor Elsie Martlew says "on-street parking charges send out the wrong signal at the wrong time."
She says the city council will look at reducing charges in car parks - which are run by the council - to mitigate effects of on-street charges.
Cumbria County Council's plans to introduce on-street parking charges are dividing opinion in Carlisle city centre.
The majority of business in the historic quarter are opposing the plans on the grounds it will put off customers.
However, people who live in the area are backing the move because the think it will ease congestion.
Dozens of streets in Carlisle could soon be affected by on street parking as the County Council discuss plans to enforce the charges across Cumbria.
Councillors say they're necessary to raise money amid budget cuts.
Almost 500 new spaces are to be created to ease the parking crisis at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.
Bosses are also looking at how they can prevent similar problems at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, where parking is set to be reduced temporarily as part of the redevelopment.
The newly-unveiled plans will see two parts of the Carlisle site developed to provide patient and staff parking.
NHS managers are being accused of ignoring the needs of staff, in a row over parking spaces at Borders General Hospital.
Two of the hospital's main car parks have become short-stay only - and the local health board say that change is now permanent. Staff say it's left them with nowhere safe to park.
Jenny Longden reports:
People living by the Borders General Hospital are concerned at the increasing amount of traffic in the ares since changes to the hospital's parking have come into force.
Some members of hospital staff have been parking in Darnick.