Authorities in Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham and North Lincolnshire are making thousands in car park profits

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Local authorities are coining it in with income from car parking charges it has been revealed.

Figures released by the RAC show councils are making hundreds of thousands of pounds profit from their off-street car parking operations.

Car parking charges levied on motorists by Doncaster Council generate almost £300,000 a year, it has been revealed.

Figures released by the RAC show the council made £296,000 from its own off street car parking operations in 2011-12. Barnsley Council raked in £552,000, Rotherham made £352,000, and North Lincolnshire Council collected a cool £801,000 surplus.

Doncaster came 243 out of more than 30 councils in the survey and the town has seen a reduction of its surplus reduced from a high of £595,000 in 2009/10 and £470,000 in 2010/11.

Professor Stephen Glaister of the RAC Foundation said: “For many local authorities parking charges are a nice little earner, especially in the capital

“The bottom line is that hundreds of millions of pounds are being contributed annually to council coffers through parking charges and the drivers who are paying then have a reasonable expectation to see the cash spent on improving the roads.”