Residents in Cambridge have been left baffled after council workers painted the double yellow lines on the road measuring just 28cm.
The set of yellow lines, which are shorter than a ruler, were painted between two parking zones.
Motorists will be fined either £50 or £70 if they manage to squeeze on the lines, which are the length of four toy cars.
Locals have branded the new lines "a waste of money" after they were painted between a residents' parking zone and a pay and display area in Hamilton Road by Cambridgeshire County Council.
They are five centimetres shorter than Britain's previous shortest double yellow lines, which are on Humberstone Road in Cambridge and measure 33cm.
"The double yellow lines are an absolute waste of money, I can't believe someone has bothered to paint them on," Clive Williamson, 53, from Cambridge told Rex Features.
"You couldn't even fit a wheel on the lines so they are completely pointless."
But bosses at Cambridgeshire County Council said the double yellow lines are there to help residents with their parking.
"Although we have seen people try and squeeze cars into unusual places such as pedestrians crossings, we don't expect anyone to try and park on these lines," said a spokesman for the council.
"This is a genuine attempt to be helpful to motorists by signalling with other signs the divide between pay and display parking and residents' parking on this street.
"The lines mark the border between the two types of parking and aim to help drivers park in the right bays and avoid a fine for parking in the wrong one."
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