A new report from the AA says councils should scrap mandatory pay by phone parking as they are deeply unpopular, with two thirds of drivers refusing to use them.
The cashless parking machines accept payment by drivers calling or texting an automated service.
More and more towns in our region have adopted the technology.
As Andy Dickenson reports.
Andy spoke to Jack Cousens from the AA and Cllr Gill Mitchell Brighton and Hove City Council, Lab.
A list highlighting the profits councils across the country make from parking charges has revealed that Brighton & Hove City Council is the highest earner outside of London. The council's profits for 2011/ 2012 were up 18.9% to £13.7 million compared to the previous year.
Buckinghamshire's profits were up 9.3% to £6.5 million. The figures come from a survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).