Information provided by Confused.com through Freedom of Information requests to Britain’s 436 local authorities has revealed almost 32,000 abandoned cars were removed by councils in 2016-2017.
Their interactive map of the UK gives a good overview of the amount of abandoned vehicles by region. It covers least and most prolific dumping grounds; the lowest and highest removal costs, reported cases, vehicles removed and areas of the UK which have risen in abandoned vehicles over a four year period.
Councils have spent close to £1 million of taxpayers money between 2016-2017 by removing what seems just a fraction of the 261,724 reported abandoned vehicles.
In fact, 60% UK drivers say they find them a nuisance and make the streets look run down. And it seems drivers are most likely to spot abandoned cars in more rural areas, 23% saying they have come across one on the side of a B-road.
For drivers who have seen an abandoned vehicle, but not known what they can do about it, Confused.com has created a new ‘how-to-report-abandoned-car’ www.confused.com tool enabling the user to be directed to the relevant website for reporting an abandoned vehicle.
As the data proves, councils have been inundated with reports of abandoned cars in recent years. The map shows the South East received the highest number of reports and removed the most unwanted vehicles throughout 2016 and 2017. However, the number of abandoned vehicles has increased in the East of England at a higher rate than any other region. The number of these unwanted cars removed by councils in the region in 2016 was 11 times higher than it was in 2012, equivalent to a rise of 1,087%. Their map also reveals Coventry, West Midlands, had the most vehicles removed by councils compared to all other regions in 2016 and 2017.
So why is it happening?
Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, says:
“The rising cost of fuel, car insurance and tax is overwhelming some motorists, causing some of them to ditch their vehicles when they breakdown. Our interactive map shows just how much of an issue this has become across Britain, as councils spend hundreds of thousands of pounds every year removing unwanted cars from the roadside.”
“Abandoned vehicles are an eyesore and a nuisance. Drivers who suspect a car has been dumped in their area should use Confused.com’s search tool to contact their local council, who will get in touch with the owner, or remove it.
“Sadly, one of the reasons so many drivers are abandoning their vehicles is due to the rising cost of owning a car, especially car insurance which is now £827 on average. To save money motorists should shop around online using Confused.com, where they are guaranteed to beat their car insurance renewal price up until 15th February.”