PARKING charges have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for councils across the Portsmouth area.
Portsmouth City Council made profits of £1.77m in the year 2012/2013, down from almost £2m the year before.
Gosport Borough Council saw a decrease in profits last year, going from £359,000 down to £346,000
In Havant, the borough council’s profits rose from £325,000 to £499,000.
Nationally, councils in England raised £594m from day-to-day on and off-street parking charges.
Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: ‘It might be that some of the extra ‘profit’ has arisen because councils’ costs for running parking services have been reduced but drivers need to know this.
‘There’s no disputing the figures we have looked at.’