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Dishonest drivers staying silent over dents

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Almost one in five British motorists would not leave their contact details if they dented another car when parking, reveals new research.

The shocking level of driver dishonesty is even more surprising as failing to stop is an offence under the Road Traffic Act, however minor an accident. Motorists also are obliged to give their name and address to anyone else involved, as well as passing on details to insurance companies.

Other surprising findings from the survey show that one in 10 motorists have actually dented another car when parking and that more than a third of Brits claim to have seen someone else denting another vehicle.

The good news is that the majority of drivers would intervene if they saw someone else denting another car when parking, with more than half saying they would be willing to step in.

“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 of online parking portal YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

“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.”

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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