During the 2017/18 financial year, more than 8000 vehicles were dumped throughout the West Midlands according to figures compiled by Confused.com, which has dubbed the West Midlands as a ‘scrapyard for abandoned cars’.
According to The Express and Star online, this figure shows an 87% increase in five years. They say that experts have warned the increase could be due to rising car running costs, therefore leaving the owner no alternative than to ‘dump’ their car.
But this is having an effect on the taxpayer as it cost councils over £75,000 to remove the cars, A high amount considering only £8000 of this was settled in fines. Which left taxpayers paying a hefty bill of £67,000.
So where have the vehicles been dumped?
Over 1,000 were reported abandoned in Wolverhampton, 1,100 in Dudley, hundreds across Cannock Chase, South Staffordshire and Stafford. Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin received more than 700 reports of dumped cars and in the wider West Midlands, Coventry appeared to be something of a hotspot with nearly 1,700 vehicles abandoned. Figures for Sandwell and Walsall are not available. And councils in the West Midlands have dealt with two of these abandoned cars on average each day.
Confused.com, has described the region as a “scrapyard for abandoned cars”.
Amanda Stretton, the motoring editor at Confused.com, said:
“The cost of running a car is becoming incredibly expensive and it seems this has caused thousands of drivers in the West Midlands to ditch their vehicles. It’s worrying that they think this is their only option.
“Our interactive map shows just how much of an issue this has become across the region and how councils have been forced to spend thousands of pounds removing unwanted cars from the roadside in one year alone.
“Abandoned vehicles are a nuisance, but many motorists are confused about what they should do if they find one – do they report it to the police, or their local council? To make this clearer, Confused.com has created a search tool which points people in the right direction to get in touch with their local council and report it.”
Figures across the UK show that 148,777 cars were abandoned, costing councils over £525,000 in 2017-2018.