Dozen of motorists were stuck in a rush-hour blocked traffic while parking enforcement officials removed an illegally parked £18,000 Audi.

Manchester City Council officials called in a flat-bed truck to remove a grey Audi A3 saloon parked in the city centre.

However, the truck has blocked the one-way road as officers removed the wheel clamps and lifted the Audi out of the parking bay.

Video emerged showing the traffic blockade as cars waited for the obstruction to move.

Frustrated drivers can be heard honking their horns while being stuck in the queue for almost 10 minutes, the Manchester Evening News reported.

Parking enforcement officials brought in a flat-bed truck to remove the Audi from a parking bay
 

One driver said: "It seemed a bit ridiculous. They stopped their wagon right in the middle of the road.

"There was no way to pass. The idea of enforcement like that is to keep traffic moving but they were doing the opposite."

Drivers were honking their horns in anger
 

It's not known how long the Audi had been parked in the bay.

The Manchester Evening News reported in November that Manchester City Council made almost £10 million profit from parking in 2017/18.

Meanwhile nearby Oldham Council and Rochdale Council made just £40,000 and £17,000 respectively.

Cars had nowhere to go while the road was closed
 

Parking in the city's central  'Zone 1' costs £6 for two hors, Monday to Sunday between 8am to 8pm.

Driving organisations criticised the rising profits, claiming it leaves motorists with less money to spend on struggling town centre high streets and accusing councils of using parking profits to prop up other services.

Manchester City Council has been asked for a comment.

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