12/07/2012 10:01 EST | Updated 02/06/2013 05:12 EST

Smart micro-car driver puts squeeze on parking costs

A Halifax woman says she's found a way to beat expensive downtown parking by squeezing her tiny Smart micro-car between two cars parked at meters.

Margot Melanson's favourite parking spot just happens to be on the doorstep of Nova Scotia's legislature.

Melanson's car is about 2.5 metres long, and she takes her time as she manoeuvres in between the cars.

"It's like I have the primo sweet spot," Melanson said. "I have parked here sometimes when there's just six inches on either end."

Fan following

Her penny-pinching parking method has managed to earn her fans who cheer her on as she squeezes her Smart car into the spot. She's even earned praise from provincial politicians.

Melanson first realized there was space on the busy downtown street about three months ago.

"I thought, if I can fit, why not?"

Her parking plan has left some parking authorities scratching their heads. So far, she's only had one ticket for $25. She plans on fighting any more in the future.

Melanson works in a store around the corner from the legislature. She said free parking isn't just a treat, but a necessity.

"Parking downtown can be outrageously expensive," Melanson said. "And monthly parking is just way beyond my budget. There's just no way I can afford a downtown monthly parking spot."