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Councils' parking profits soar

London's boroughs made a massive £218 million in profit from parking last year - up almost 18% from the previous year.

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Kingston see 320% profit rise

The largest increase in profit from parking came from Kingston-Upon Thames, which saw an enormous increase of 320% from 2010/11 - 2011/12.

The council earned £3.53 million last year.

The figures, collated by the Institute of Advanced Motorists, cover both on and off-street parking, including fines and other charges.

Havering saw the second biggest increase - their profits shot up 186%, to £567,000.

And Barking and Dagenham's parking pot was boosted 174%, to £1.57 million.

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