Philip Morton received a letter saying his vehicle had been caught in Hall Street, Birmingham city centre, just before 8.55am on December 10. However, the 73-year-old says he was preparing to watch his eight-year-old grandson appear in his school nativity play in Hampshire.
He was left even more confused when he looked at the photographic evidence.
This was because the car in question was not his grey Vauxhall Antara but a red Corsa, he claims.
Mr Morton believes the traffic camera may have misread his number plate which led to him receiving the £120 fine.
He thinks the camera may have misread the letters O and D on his registration.
The grandfather-of-five has said he is appealing the fine.
He said: “Surely there’s something wrong with the system which is picking up cars which are not even in the city at the time.”
The retired bank worker received the PCN (penalty charge notice) on December 31.
He told Birmingham Mail: “It was on the standard printed form saying that the registration number of my vehicle had been in the zone on December 10 at 8.54am on Hall Street, in Great Hampton Row.
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Mr Morton went on to claim: “The camera had read the number plate incorrectly – it’s the same registration except for one letter.
“It had read the ‘D’ as an ‘O’.”
Mr Morton added: “I have submitted my case saying they’ve got it wrong but looking online there seem to be many other cases where the cameras have not done their job.
“Despite being at home in Hampshire on the day in question I am now required to prove the system is flawed.”
A Birmingham City Council spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “The council are aware of this case and are responding.
“If a driver feels they have received a PCN unfairly, they have a right to appeal.”