Scrapyard Britain: number of abandoned cars tripled over past five years

Shocking report blames rising scrappage costs for spike in vehicles left at the roadside

Scrapyard Britain: number of abandoned cars tripled over past five years
Experts blame rising scrappage costs for the spike in abandoned vehicles. Image: Bigstock.

Freedom of Information requests to over 400 councils revealed number of cars reported as abandoned has tripled since 2012, according to the Telegraph.

Experts say that drivers choosing to run their motors into the ground rather than switching for newer models, as well as scrappage costs also having risen are to blame for bangers being left at the road side.

AA president, Edmund King, explained: “Twenty years ago if you had a rubbish car you could get £150 for scrapping it, in recent years the price of metal has gone down and nowadays people will be asked to pay over £100 to have their car taken away and scrapped.

“We have also seen an increase in people keeping hold of their cars for longer and changing them less frequently to save money, so that is also likely to be a factor.”

“Eye-sore”

Motorists have not been oblivious to the increasing numbers of abandoned vehicles and the councils are now spending £1 million each year on removing old cars from the roadside.

Motoring editor at Confused.com, Amanda Stretton, commented: “The rising cost of fuel, car infusrance and tax is overwhelming some motorists, causing some of tehm to ditch their vehicles when they break down.

“Abandoned vehicles are an eye-sore and a nuisance, drivers who suspect a car has been dumped in their area should contact their local council who will get in touch with the owner or remove it.”

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    Ian

    Don’t believe this story at all.
    Over the last few years we have always been paid for scrap cars.
    Last week we got over 100 for a small car at our local metal recycling yard.

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    Peter Miles

    If you’re getting £100 for a small car these days then you’re lucky!
    But, to be fair, we can still get them taken away (and properly certificated as scrapped) free of charge so there’s no excuse to dump them.
    One thing though, even if the number plates are removed why aren’t the owners being traced through the VIN and charged for the cost of the council removing them?

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