Spotting a UFO and claiming colour blindness are among unusual excuses given by drivers for not paying parking fines, it has been revealed.
The UFO spotter said he was so shocked by what he had seen that he drove into a bus lane, according to parking appeals made to Southwark Council in south London.
Another appellant said: "I'm colour blind, so I thought the yellow line was green."
Other reasons given to the council over the last two years have included: It was raining; I thought I could park anywhere if the weather was bad.
Some other reasons given were: I had to pick up and take an injured dog to the vet and did not want the animal to endure any unnecessary extra pain by limping further to the car; I was only sleeping in the back of the car. The parking attendant could have asked me to move the car instead of giving me a ticket, although he would not have seen me as I had a blanket over my head.
Gill Davies, director of environment and housing at Southwark Council, said: "The imagination of some of these drivers is quite impressive, but UFOs and colour blindness unfortunately do not count as legitimate reasons to overturn a ticket.
"Our new appeals website will give drivers a much-improved service."