Councils in the South West made more than forty million pounds from car parking charges in 2011 to 2012.
In some areas, like Weymouth, traders say the high parking charges discourage shoppers.
The bill faced by residents there is more than twice the national average.
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A teenage girl who drowned when a speedboat capsized was wearing a buoyancy aid that was too large for her.
An inquest into the death of a 14-year-old girl who died after becoming trapped under a speedboat in Devon resumes today.