Retired boat builder Barrie Tiney had never been to Leeds and lives 125 miles from the city.
So imagine the 69-year-old’s surprise when he opened the post to find a £60 penalty charge for driving illegally in a bus lane in the city.
On closer inspection, however, the Brigstock resident found that the car pictured in the forbidden lane was in fact not his.
And neither did the Vauxhall Vectra have the same number plate.
His blue Ford Focus has a number plate FM57 HKC – the pictured silver car was FH57 HKC.
Mr Tiney, of Newtown, said: “I then checked the date of the offence which was December 3 – that day I had been to Morrisons in Kettering.
“So I asked the wife ‘did we take a 200-mile diversion for our weekly shop?’
“It obviously wasn’t me and the type of the car and number plate proved that.”
Mr Tiney then contacted Leeds City Council and they agreed to put the fine on hold to investigate the matter.
Weeks later he received a letter from a council officer admitting the mistake and cancelling the fine.
Mr Tiney said: “I’ve never had a driving penalty so to get the fine was a big surprise, especially as I’ve never been to Leeds.”
Mr Tiney said he hoped the mistake was investigated so no-one else fell victim to the same fate.
He said: “It does make you think how many innocent drivers out there are there who receive an incorrect fine like this and just pay it without question, believing it was them.
“The system does seem lax and I hope they sort it so it doesn’t happen again.”