Not stopping after bumping another vehicle and causing damage is an offence


According to a new study conducted by, around one in five drivers in the UK would not stop and pass their details on if they hit and damaged another car in a car park when parking.

The Road Traffic Act 1988 states that drivers have a duty to stop and pass on their details if they cause damage to another vehicle or to somebody else’s property.

In some instances, drivers may even have to produce their insurance certificate and/or contact the police to report the incident.

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New survey claims one in 5 UK drivers would not stop after hitting another vehicle in a car park and causing damage. © Copyright Kenneth Allen and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

This is what Section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 has to say on the matter:

The driver of the mechanically propelled vehicle must stop and, if required to do so by any person having reasonable grounds for so requiring, give his name and address and also the name and address of the owner and the identification marks of the vehicle.

Any motorist not complying with the legislation is committing an offence.

The study also discovered that one in 10 drivers have indeed damaged another car whilst parking and around one third of motorists in the UK have witnessed another driver denting someone else’s vehicle.

“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,” said Harrison Woods, managing director at YourParkingSpace, adding: “Not only is this a motoring offence, it is also very inconvenient for the other motorist who, through no fault of their own, could have to pay to fix the damage to their vehicle.”

Mr Harrison also said that roads in the UK must be flooded with dented cars when you look at the results of their survey, suggesting that drivers ought to scrub up on their parking skills.

On a positive note however, a large proportion would intervene if they saw a car being hit and damaged, putting those who wouldn’t stop and do the right thing by leaving their contact details to shame.


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