UFO blamed for parking fine error

A driver blamed spotting a UFO for his failure to pay a parking fine in south London, while another one claimed that he was colour blind.

According to parking appeals made to Southwark Council, the motorist who claimed spotting the UFO said that he was so shocked by what he saw that he drove into a bus lane.

Meanwhile, the driver who claimed colour blindness said: "I'm colour blind, so I thought the yellow line was green."

Other reasons recorded by the council over the last two years included: "It was raining. I thought I could park anywhere if the weather was bad."

Another motorist said: "I don't know what the yellow lines mean."

One driver told the council: "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."

And yet another person said: "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."

Describing the imagination of some drivers as "quite impressive", Gill Davies - director of environment and housing at Southwark Council - said: "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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