"A snail ate my tax disc"

Sarah Coles
Autumn statement 2013
Autumn statement 2013

As excuses go, it's fairly original. A garage in Yeovil was tasked with picking up a broken-down van. While the garage owner was collecting it, he noticed that it was carrying a yellow penalty notice - issuing a £100 fine for not having a tax disc on display. In challenging the fine, the garage owner was forced to call on the bizarre excuse that a snail had eaten the tax disc.

So is this the strangest motoring excuse ever?
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