Greedy councils are raking in an average £850,000 a year from car parking fines.
New figures show some town halls are issuing as many as 307 parking tickets every day.
Nine of the 10 local authorities making the most cash from fines are in London, with each one collecting more than £4million a year.
Newham is the biggest earner, at £10.6million. Second is Haringey, making £9.8million, followed by Ealing with £8.3million.
The biggest parking revenue outside the capital is Glasgow at £5.4million while Birmingham is next with £3.9million.
Wellington Street in Glasgow and Alum Rock Road in Birmingham are the top parking fine hotspots in those cities.
Across the country, the average parking fine issued by councils is £37, rising to £41 on average in the 20 authorities that make the most revenue from fines.
Drivers in the London borough of Haringey, Gosport in Hampshire and County Durham are issued with the highest fines costing them £72, £66 and £58 on average respectively when admin fees are included.
The data, obtained under freedom of information laws by the comparethemarket.com website, covers the period from August 2019 to July 2020 and is based on the responses of 204 councils.
It shows councils are issuing 63 parking fines each a day – rising to 307 a day among the 20 biggest earning authorities.
It comes in spite of warnings from the Government and motoring groups not to treat motorists as “cash cows”.
Earlier this month it emerged that councils made a record £996million – £2.7million per day – from parking charges in 2018-19.
Comparethemarket.com’s Dan Hutson said: “Parking fine revenues are a cash cow for many local authorities. Up and down the country drivers are regularly being caught out by tight parking restrictions.
“With the third lockdown now in place, we would encourage drivers to take extra care and attention when parking up their car to ensure they avoid a fine.”
David Renard of the Local Government Association said: “Councils have to try to ensure there are spaces available for everyone at all times of the day and we can keep traffic moving, and dangerous obstructions are dealt with.
“With an increase of 10 million cars on the road in the last 20 years this has become increasingly challenging for councils.
“Income raised through on-street parking charges and parking fines is spent on running parking services.
“Any surplus is spent on essential transport projects, including fixing potholes and tackling congestion, but it would take more than a decade and £10 billion to tackle our current roads repair backlog.”
Councils with the biggest parking fine revenue outside London
Glasgow 104,938 (council tickets) £5,484,781 (revenue) £52 (average fine) Wellington Street
Birmingham 112,735 £3,951,065 £35 Alum Rock Road
Brighton and Hove 106,037 £2,835,025 £26 Madeira Drive, Brighton
Liverpool 63,831 £2,495,815 £39 Mount Pleasant car park
East Sussex 42,531 £2,029,072 £48 Lewes High Street
Newcastle upon Tyne 59,013 £1,880,248 £32 Dean Street multi storey
Medway 64,648 £1,577,274 £24 Blue Boar Lane, Rochester
Bournemouth 57,118 £1,544,610 £27 Christchurch Road
Cardiff 49,781 £1,489,450 £30 Windsor Place
Oxfordshire 42,525 £1,411,739 £33 St Giles, Oxford