Almost one in seven British motorists wouldn’t admit to denting someone else’s car, according to new research.
A survey of 500 drivers by YourParkingSpace.co.uk found 14.3 per cent of respondents would not leave contact details if they hit a parked car if nobody else saw the incident. On the flip side, 74.3 per cent would admit to the act — although 11.4 per cent preferred not to answer the question.
While just 8.3 per cent of those quizzed say they have dented another car while parking, 34.6 per cent say they have witnessed the act. Most drivers would however intervene if they some someone hit a car while parking — with 50.6 per cent saying they would approach a driver that had dented another vehicle.
Under the Road Traffic 1988, it’s an offence for a driver to fail to stop and provide their details following an accident on the road that has caused damage or injury — no matter how small the incident.
Harrison Woods, managing director for YourParkingSpace.co.uk, said: “It would seem there are a significant number of motorists prepared to flout motoring etiquette by not leaving their contact details if they hit another car when parking and had not been spotted.
“The UK’s roads must be littered with dented cars given the results from our survey, meaning many millions of motorists need to practice their parking skills. The good news is that the majority would intervene if they saw a car being dented, putting those people to shame who would not leave their contact details if they had not been seen.”