A dozen consulates used their diplomatic immunity to avoid paying parking fines last year. Of last year's 22 waived fines, the Hungarian consulate racked up the most number of tickets, requesting the Protocol Office to waive four. Hungarian consul-general Istvan Darvasi admitted that one member of his staff had been responsible for all four tickets, but said two had been issued in 2005, while the request for the waivers were made last year. 'So, last year, there were only two. It is not many. I think the Hungarian ministry of foreign affairs would probably be very happy that it is as low as that. In some other countries, it is a lot higher,' Mr Darvasi said. He said the consulate had two cars but only one driver, so his colleague sometimes drove official guests and delegates to functions and meetings he also was required to attend, so may have had to quickly park in an undesignated space. The consulates of Belgium and Malaysia had three tickets each, while Israel, Laos and Mexico racked up two tickets each. Pakistan, Kuwait, Iran, India and Bangladesh had one ticket apiece waived, as did the European Union. Russia, which accumulated the most tickets of any consulate in 2005 with six waived parking fines, had a clean slate last year. Consulates seem to be bucking the trend of increased incidents of illegal parking, which rose 14 per cent to 631,669 last year from 572,214 in 2005 - diplomatic staff racked up five fewer tickets last year than in 2005. Motorists issued with fixed-penalty tickets must pay a spot fine of HK$320, unless they have diplomatic immunity. The number of tickets issued to diplomatic staff has been dropping after hitting a high of 93 tickets in 1997. There are 117 diplomatic offices in Hong Kong. A police spokeswoman said the only parking fine waivers granted last year had been for foreign consulates.