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UFO blamed for parking fine error

Published 11/04/2010 | 12:42

Drivers blame UFO on failure to pay parking fine
Drivers blame UFO on failure to pay parking fine

Spotting a UFO and claiming colour blindness are among unusual excuses given by drivers for not paying parking fines, it has been revealed.

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The UFO spotter said he was so shocked by what he had seen that he drove into a bus lane, according to parking appeals made to Southwark Council in south London.

Another appellant said: "I'm colour blind, so I thought the yellow line was green."

Other reasons given to the council over the last two years have included: It was raining; I thought I could park anywhere if the weather was bad.

Some other reasons given were: I had to pick up and take an injured dog to the vet and did not want the animal to endure any unnecessary extra pain by limping further to the car; I was only sleeping in the back of the car. The parking attendant could have asked me to move the car instead of giving me a ticket, although he would not have seen me as I had a blanket over my head.

Gill Davies, director of environment and housing at Southwark Council, said: "The imagination of some of these drivers is quite impressive, but UFOs and colour blindness unfortunately do not count as legitimate reasons to overturn a ticket.

"Our new appeals website will give drivers a much-improved service."

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