What's The Problem With Abandoned Vehicles?

Mon 22nd Aug 2022

New analysis has revealed that Britain may have a growing problem with abandoned cars with more than 20,000 left with no claim on public land.

The Ford Transit van was the most abandoned vehicle in the UK, with 610 left by the roadside, followed by the Vauxhall Astra (376), Ford Focus (363), Vauxhall Corsa (301), and Volkswagen Golf (293).

In answer to a request for information on 50 local authorities, 21,106 cars were reported as abandoned during 2021.

Rivervale Leasing requested the data, and it revealed the most popular models and locations where cars were left.

In the same year, DEFRA reported that 11,075 vehicles were left on English public land alone.

However, these numbers only account for one that were removed and disposed of.

The information shows that the top 10 spots where vehicles were abandoned were Bradford (3,561), Milton Keynes (1,869), Barnet (1,846), Sheffield (1,746), Croydon (1,548), Leicester (1,434), Newham (1,106), Southampton (1,074), Portsmouth (1,034), and Sunderland (876).

In response to the report, the RAC gave advice on how to report abandoned vehicles.

“If you have noticed an abandoned vehicle near your home – or anywhere – you will need to contact your local council. To find the right one, use the government’s report an abandoned vehicle tool.

“It is advisable to only call the police if the vehicle is in a dangerous condition.

“Removing a car using a towing firm or another third party could be a criminal offence, so it is important to gain legal advice before you do.

“There are a lot of concerning legal and safety issues involved with abandoned vehicles. This guide gives you the complete run down on everything concerning these dangerous eyesores.”