It happened on 17 November 1980. Pope John Paul II had just reached the cathedral square in Mainz with his G-Class. On the way there, the vehicle caught the attention of a police officer as it passed through the pedestrian precinct. The officer was on duty, and driving in a pedestrian precinct is forbidden. So the G-Class with the registration number S – JP 2 received a traffic ticket amounting to 20 German marks. The ways of the lord are mysterious, and an out-of-court settlement was arranged. The fine was never paid.