RAC Foundation: Parking charges 'a nice little earner'

A civil enforcement officer issues a parking ticket in London.
RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister said parking charges 'are a nice little earner'. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister said that for many councils parking charges "are a nice little earner - especially in London".

He continued, "Not all authorities make big sums ... But the bottom line is that hundreds of millions of pounds are being contributed annually to council coffers through parking charges."

His comments come as figures released by the RAC Foundation show councils in England had a total current account surplus of £565 million from their on-street and off-street parking operations.

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Councils rake in parking profits

Local authorities have generated millions in income from charging motorists for parking. The figures are revealed just days after a judge declared one London council acted illegally in using parking charges to raise revenue.