Motorists are coughing up more £30 million each month in parking fines, figures suggest.
A Freedom of Information request launched by car insurer LV= exposed the rise in fines issued to drivers for failing to park properly.
More tickets have been issued this year by councils than in 2012, with a 4% rise on last year, and based on an average amount of £42 per ticket, drivers are now paying over £30 million each month.
Local authorities in England are being told not to make people pay for planning permission just to rent out their drives. Homeowners have welcomed the decision. Martha Fairlie reports.
Motoring charity the RAC Foundation has welcomed plans to enable people to rent out their driveways as car parks. Professor Stephen Glaister said the plans made sense as the number of parking spaces has not kept pace with the increasing number of cars on the roads.
Instinctively this has to be right. The number of cars has grown from two million in 1950 to 28.5 million today. The number of parking spaces has not increased at anything like a similar pace.
If people can rent out a bedroom to a lodger then, within reason, why not let them lease out space on their drive? It is hardly a change of use.
Surely, if we can reduce congestion on the streets, then councils should be rejoicing rather than moaning?
Figures from the RAC Foundation released this week claimed some councils were racking up huge surpluses from their parking-charge activities.
In 2011/12, English councils had a total current account surplus of £565 million from their on-street and off-street parking operations, after an annual rise of £54 million.
Eric Pickles said residents would now be allowed to rent a single parking space without planning permission, provided there was no main concerns such as public nuisance to neighbours.
Eric Pickles said some town halls had threatened to fine households £20,000 if they ran their driveway as a car park without applying for "change of use" planning permission costing £385.
Councils should be welcoming common sense ways that help hard-working people park easier and cheaply and for families to make some spare cash.
Councils shouldn't be interfering in an honest activity that causes no harm to others, unless there are serious concerns.
Parking charges and fines are not a cash cow for town halls. This government is standing up against the town hall parking bullies and over-zealous parking enforcement.
Cabinet minister Eric Pickles has vowed to clamp down on a "back-door parking tax" to allow homeowners to cash in by turning their driveway into a car park.
The Local Government Secretary said residents should not be forced to seek planning permission to charge commuters to park on their property.
New government guidance will allow people to rent out their drives for a single car without making a planning application.
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Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has pledged to take action against high parking charges in towns and cities.
It comes as government figures show that councils in England expect the net income on parking services will increase to £635 million in 2013/14.
Mr Pickles said: "This £635 million municipal parking profit shows why we need to review and rein in unfair town hall parking rules.
"The law is clear that parking is not a tax or cash cow for town hall officers", he added.
English councils expect net income on parking services to increase from £601m in 2012/13 to £635m in 2013/14, according to the Department for Communities and Local Government.
These figures were published on Wednesday ahead of RAC figures that reveal councils across England generated a surplus of £565m from parking charges (off-street and on-street parking) in 2011-12.
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.