Taxation systems should be simple and transparent, if councils need more money it should be raised through the rates system. The current monopoly position means that councils can charge any amount that they choose for parking which has an impact on our personal freedom and local businesses.
This is another stealth tax. Parking should not be allowed where it is dangerous or obstructs the flow of traffic. Other than that it should be freely available. There is no reason why greedy councils should be entitled to charge for parking in an ever-increasing number of roads throughout the UK.