Spy car sends ticket to legally parked driver.
The new Smart car, which does the job of a traffic warden, uses a camera to photograph vehicles parked illegally.
The owner of the car is then sent a fine through the post.
But the council last night apologised after sending tickets to a disabled driver who was displaying a blue badge.
The camera could not see onto the dashboard of his vehicle, so did not register he was parked legally.
John Cowley, 65, of Irby, has a blue badge because he drives for his wife Cheryl, an arthritis sufferer.
He received a ticket after his car was photographed and had to appeal.
The grandfather said: "The fact this camera did not see the blue badge on my dashboard was ridiculous.
"It means other disabled people and I could get tickets again and again for parking perfectly legally.
"Luckily I won the appeal, but the letter I received said I might not win it next time."
Wirral Council has apologised to any blue badge holders who received a ticket.
A spokesman said it has implemented new procedures to ensure tickets are not issued when a badge exempts them from parking rules.
John Cowley with his blue badge, after being caught by the spy car
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Sep 23, 2009|
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