The surplus produced from council parking operations in England rose by 10 per cent over the past year, according to a new study.
Some £819m was generated from the on and off-street parking activities of the 353 local authorities in England during the 2016/17 financial year, research found.
It represents a 10 per cent leap on the 2015/16 surplus of £744m. Figures also show income was up 6 per cent and costs rose 2 per cent.
The figures were submitted by councils to the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Most councils make a surplus on their parking activities, and this is to be spent on local transport projects.
Many of the highest totals were in London, with Westminster having the largest surplus (£73.2m) followed by Kensington and Chelsea (£32.2 m) and Camden (£26.8m).
Outside of London the biggest surpluses were Brighton and Hove (£21.2m), Milton Keynes and Birmingham (£11.1m each).
RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding said: “The silver lining for drivers is that these surpluses must almost exclusively be ploughed back into transport.”