A PUB landlady was fined after placing her new parking permit in her car a day early.
Taya Hayes, 33, was shocked to be stung with a £70 ticket after parking outside The Grove pub in Springwood.
Kirklees Council last week sent her a renewed resident’s permit allowing her to park legally on Spring Grove Street.
The new permit has an expiry date of November 30, 2012.
However, there was no start date on the permit or the accompanying letter from Kirklees.
Mrs Hayes assumed that the new permit was valid immediately and placed it in the window of her yellow Hyundai Amiga.
But on Tuesday – November 29 – a council parking warden slapped a ticket on her windscreen.
Her husband Ian, 47, told the Examiner yesterday: “She was fined for ‘parking in a permit space without displaying a valid permit’.
“But the letter she received actually says ‘this permit is only valid in a residential area. Please display this clearly, if you don’t you may be issued with a penalty notice.’
“The letter is actually telling you to display the permit.
“I think the parking warden who did this is being a bit silly.”
Mr Hayes, who has owned The Grove for six years, added that other neighbours may have fallen victim to the same parking warden this week.
“There was at least one other car on the street that it happened to because we saw the new permit and the ticket in the windscreen,” he said.
Mr Hayes said yesterday that his wife would appeal against the fine.
But Kirklees last night apologised for issuing the ticket and cancelled the penalty.
A council spokeswoman said: “We apologise for this error and we will be writing to Mrs Hayes to tell her that the fine has been cancelled.
“Anyone who thinks they have been issued with a fine notice in error should contact us direct to discuss it”.