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Council parking charges 'raked in £53 million more last year'

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Councils in England raised £411 million in parking charges last year, according to new research.

A study by the Institute of Advanced Motorists has revealed the figure for last year jumped 14.9 per cent from the 2010/11 figure of £358 million.

When the 2009/10 figure of £322 million is taken into account, it means councils have seen their parking receipts rise by 27 per cent in three years.

Used car drivers may find the costliest places to park are in inner London, with the highest amount earned in 2011/12 being £38 million by the City of Westminster, followed by Kensington and Chelsea (£27.5 million) and Camden (£25 million).

Outside London, the highest cost was in Brighton and Hove, up 18 per cent to £13.7 million.

As well as making money from making people pay to park, local authorities may also gain income from fines.

The Traffic Penalty Tribunal can offer motorists a final resort for appealing such charges if initial attempts to dispute them are rebuffed by local councils.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801519316-ADNFCR

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