SANTA's sleigh has been issued with a fine after being snapped driving through a Plymouth bus lane.
The sleigh, a charity fundraising prop belonging to Plymouth Round Table, was being towed by a car after an evening of raising charity coffers.
Footage shows a car, pulling the sleigh, being driven straight through the bus lane near to Asda.
The Round Table claims the move was necessary but the council say is a blatant breach of the rules and there was no need to do it.
The costly cut-through came at 8.32pm on December 19 on Leypark Walk bus lane.
After receiving the fine, the Round Table contacted the council to make their case, and were told to appeal formally.
However, the offending driver has since paid the £30 penalty.
A spokesman for Plymouth Round Table continued: “Members of the Round Table have paid the fine, it will not come out of our charity proceeds.”
Charities to benefit from Plymouth Round Table in the past have included Plymouth Foodbank, St John’s Ambulance, Plymouth Music Zone, Help for Heroes, St Luke’s Hospice and Dartmoor Search and Rescue.
The annual collection has become a favourite feature in Plymouth’s festive calendar.
The sleigh – which has the registration plate of SANTA1 – is dressed up before Santa boards and it is pulled around residential areas by Santa’s helpers.
During the last festive season, the sleigh helped make more than £3000 for good causes.
A spokesman for Plymouth Round Table said: “It is a demoralising outcome for those of us who give up our time to raise money for local good causes and now have to pay this fine as well.
“We wonder where they would have sent the fine if it had been Santa’s actual sleigh that had been snapped.”
Plymouth City Council said the rules around the bus lane were clear.
A spokesman said: “We commend the work of this and other charities in raising funds for good causes, but this was a blatant case of disregarding the rules of the road.
“Our video footage clearly shows a car with a small empty trailer being driven straight through the bus lane, not collecting money for charity.
“The ‘buses only’ restriction has been in place on this road for many years and both the signs and red road surfacing are very clear.
“If the driver felt he had a valid reason for driving through the no-entry signs and through a bus lane he could have submitted an appeal.”
But the round table do see the funny side of the fine and have even created a spoof version of the ticket – addressing it to “Santa” at “Santa’s grotto, Reindeerland.”