Driver is slapped with a parking fine after his permit is blocked by snow

A Derby driver was outraged after being slapped with a £70 parking fine – after traffic wardens failed to notice his resident's permit was covered by snow.

Oliver Claxton, 30, had been working away in London, but returned home to find the penalty on the window of his Vauxhall Corsa.

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He said that the permit had been in place the whole time he was working away, but heavy snow had obscured it, leading the traffic warden to give the fine.

He said: "I thought it was odd because if I wasn't displaying it I would have got a parking ticket every day because I had left my car there while I was in London.

"I was thinking what could it possibly be that meant they couldn't see the permit on this particular day?

"When you go on the website they have the photographs they took and the reason the permit wasn't visible was because it had snowed overnight and the windscreen was covered in snow.

"I just laughed. It was ridiculous."

Mr Claxton decided to appeal the fine, arguing that his permit had been in place and if the warden were simply to brush the snow off, it would have been visible.

Derby City Council was unable to comment on individual cases, but added that "we are looking into the challenge and will be responding to the individual directly soon."

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