New data reveals abandoned vehicle numbers

According to a recent Freedom of Information request to 50 councils across the UK, 21,106 cars were abandoned during 2021.

The data was requested by Riverdale Leasing, and revealed the top models and locations where vehicles were deserted.

Official Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) statistics showed that in the same year, 11,075 vehicles were abandoned on public land in England alone.

However, numbers could be even higher as these numbers only include one that are removed and disposed of.

According to the data, the top 10 locations 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 relation to the makes and models of those vehicles that were reported to be abandoned, the top five included the Ford Transit van (610), Vauxhall Astra (376), Ford Focus (363), Vauxhall Corsa (301), and Volkswagen Golf (293).