David Knight was baffled when he was fined for driving in a reserved bus lane in Bath, about 120 miles from his home.
But the builder and his wife, Paula, who live in Dorking, Surrey, laughed when they examined photographic evidence of their alleged violation and saw a woman with the word “Knitter” on her T-shirt, which the computer had confused with Knight’s license plate, KN19TER, the Daily Mail reported.
The private registration of his Volkswagen pickup truck is a nod to his nickname, Knighter.
The fine notice, issued by the Bath and North East Somerset Council, includes a CCTV photo of the Pulteney Bridge in Bath, where the alleged contravention took place.
A second photo shows an image of a woman wearing a protective mask, a handbag over her shoulder and a T-shirt declaring “Knitter”.
Paula Knight, an accountant, told the Daily Mail she contacted the council to alert those responsible to their mistake and agreed to waive the £ 90 fine.
The alleged violation took place in June, but Knight, 54, did not receive the penalty notice until last month.
Paula Knight, also 54, a mother of two, said the council’s call manager “burst out laughing” when she alerted her to the mistake.
“The fine had already increased from £ 60 to £ 90 because we had not paid within 30 days,” she told the Daily Mail. “Obviously, no one had looked at the photo and it had been computer generated.”
She added: “We laughed about it a lot. I had no chance of paying for a woman walking down a bus lane with a funny T-shirt on.