A busker was left fuming when she was wrongfully slapped with a ticket for parking over the lines of a bay – that was too short.
Musician Jayne Snow, 26, was slapped with a £50 fine after her car was seen to be over the white lines of a bay.
But after a little investigation Jayne was quick to discover the size of the bay did not match up to the council’s own standards – making the fine invalid because it was almost five feet too short.
The popular London busker took to Facebook to vent her frustration and in a viral video seen more than 100,000 times she measured her bay against Medway Council’s standards.
Council regulations say a parking space should be 4.8 metres long, but the tiny space she squeezed her Hyundai Santa Fe in was only 3.3 metres.
Jayne, who was parked in Rochester Cathedral car park in the Kent city, said: “How can they charge people to park there when the bay does not match up to their own minimum length?
“Their parking policy is just a laugh, unless you are parked in one of their cars you have no hope whatsoever, it is a joke.”
Thankfully, after pointing out the mistake to Medway Council, they agreed to waive the dodgy fine, which was issued on Sunday.
She said: “I don’t know if they would of been so quick to cancel the fine if I had not done the video, but it is great news.
“I just want to raise awareness of issues like this, a lot of people get fines and never challenge them. This is an example of why you should.”
In an email to Jayne, Medway Council said: “I would like to take this opportunity to advise you, that your vehicle should not have been issued with a Penalty Charge Notice for being out of bay in this car park.
“Medway Council are aware of the situation of the size of bays in this car park and hence do not issue for this contravention.
“The officer in question, who is relatively new to Medway Council, has been reminded of this and apologises for any inconvenience caused.