Toy bus given parking ticket

Giovanni Cortessi's toy bus

A hairdresser has appealed a £50 parking fine after a traffic warden gave his children-size toy bus a ticket.

Giovanni Cortessi’s 3ft-tall classic toy vehicle had been parked on the side of London Road in Brighton, for over a month when it was slapped with the ticket.

Mr Cortessi had initially put the miniature double decker bus on display outside Giovanni’s salon to cheer up customers and advertise his hairdressing services.

On 3 June Mr Cortessi noticed a parking attendant hanging around the bus who proceeded to call the head office to inquire whether to issue the bus a ticket.

Speaking with Yahoo! News today, Mr Cortessi explained that the bus had never received a ticket before.

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He said: “I saw the traffic warden talking to the head office over the radio about whether to give my bus a ticket, and the guy on the other end said yes to give me one”

NSL, the company responsible for overseeing parking enforcement in the Brighton and Hove area, reportedly told The Metro that they had since cancelled the fine following his appeal.

However, Mr Cortessi said that if NSL did cancel the overzealous ticket, they hadn’t notified him.

The astounded hairdresser also described the warden who issued the fine to the miniature vehicle, a “killjoy.”

NSL was unable to comment in time for publication, but a spokesman for NSL is quoted in The Metro as saying: “Our job is to keep the streets clear.”

Mr Cortessi added that the parking ticket has already sparked a lot of national media interest.