Belfast Telegraph

Number of cars ditched by NI owners surges 600%

By Adrian Rutherford

The number of cars abandoned in Northern Ireland has surged by nearly 600% in the last four years.

Some 2,594 unwanted vehicles that had been discarded were reported to councils here in 2016 and 2017.

The local authorities spent £39,494 removing cars in that two-year period, with Derry and Strabane Council taking away the highest number.

Between 2012 and 2016, the number of abandoned vehicles increased by an astonishing 576%.

Across the UK, councils spent almost £1million removing unwanted cars in 2016 and 2017, according to research by insurance comparison site

A total of 262,000 abandoned vehicles were reported to councils UK-wide with 31,812 removed ­- one every 30 minutes, figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show.

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at, said the cost of running a car was becoming too much for some.

"The rising cost of fuel, car insurance and tax is overwhelming some motorists, causing some of them to ditch their vehicles when they break down," she said.

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