Page last updated at 13:48 GMT, Friday, 29 January 2010

Birmingham ticket machine operates in German

Sign at Birmingham's Brunel Street car park
If the machine shows German writing, the car park is full

Drivers using a Birmingham city centre car park have had their language skills tested by a ticket dispenser which operates in German.

The machine gives instructions in English until the multi-storey Brunel Street car park becomes full - then it switches to German.

The council blamed a change in software in December, when the city was hosting its Frankfurt Christmas Market.

"Maybe the machine got confused," a council spokesman said.

Brum Eye

The council hopes to have the problem rectified by next week.

In the meantime a notice has been put up and staff are on hand to translate.

One motorist, looking at the notice on the machine, said: "It is quite funny, but I don't understand how that can happen."

A few years earlier, visitors to the city's big wheel, dubbed the Brum Eye, were confused to find themselves listening to French commentary describing Paris.

Print Sponsor

UK wheel offers views of Paris
02 Dec 03 |  West Midlands

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Birmingham Evening Mail Achtung! Ticket machine at Brunel Street Car Park in Birmingham talks German - 41 hrs ago

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific