Female traffic wardens in Berlin have won the right not to wear their distinctive caps after complaining that their hairstyles were suffering.
From September, women traffic police in the German capital can replace their blue flat caps with baseball caps or simply go bare-headed.
The city authorities said they had bowed to complaints that the caps flattened women's hair.
Female traffic police also said the caps tended to blow off on windy days.
"The women complained that the caps were hard to fasten and caused considerable problems with their hairdos," Heinz Buschkowsky, mayor of Berlin's Neukoelln district, told Reuters news agency.
"We were sympathetic to their wish to get rid of it."
But not everyone is happy with the imminent downgrading of the caps.
The Berliner Zeitung newspaper has denounced the move, saying the headgear is a symbol of the state power that has been vested in the city's traffic wardens.
"It is questionable," says the paper, "how a traffic policewoman will be able to carry out her duties when she has to replace the authority of the state with her own personal authority."