Drivers in the UK are paying local councils more than £1bn a year to park their vehicles, Freedom of Information requests have revealed.
Requests to 226 public authorities revealed the council with the highest takings from parking was Westminster.
Researchers found that Conservative-run councils rake in far more from parking charges than town halls under Labour.
According to research published by the opposition, households in London are spending more than £600 a year on residents’ permits, meters and fines.
Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, has vowed to expose what he calls a ”great council cash-cow cover-up” by forcing authorities to publish parking revenue.