Robots deployed on UK streets that pick up and remove illegally parked cars

Robots are being deployed in the UK in a bid to combat dodgy parking.

Millions of motorists could find their vehicles snatched by the machines if they are parked illegally or haven't paid for a ticket, experts at warned.

A video recently emerged online showing a car being whisked away on top of a remote-controlled robot in Liverpool. The caption on the video read: "Don't overstay your welcome on the disabled parking spot or this robot will take you car."

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Last year almost 20,000 parking fines were issued every day by UK councils, and 30,000 by private companies. The most common reasons for these fines include being illegally parked in disabled bays, on double yellow lines, in a permit space without a valid permit or over the valid parking time.

Robots are now being trialled to combat the problem.

A robot named Eastract, built by French company Multitract, has been spotted in Liverpool removing illegally parked cars. Towing company Recovery North West (RNW), which specialises in towing heavy equipment, is managing the new innovation.

The robot can carry 5,500lbs, just under the weight of two Ford Fiestas, and is powered by a 35-horsepower Briggs and Stratton engine.

It has been implemented in multi-storey car parks as it can pick up and remove problem cars in tightly restricted spaces.

Tim Alcock from said: “Millions of motorists receive tickets and fines for illegal and bad parking every day in the UK. Rolling out robots nationwide to deal with the parking problem should make dodgy drivers think twice before parking in disabled spaces illegally or dumping their cars and overstaying their welcome.

“The robots can carry huge weights and are able to manoeuvre in tightly restricted spaces, so are perfect to deal with nuisance drivers. Drones are currently being used to deal with dangerous driving by Devon and Cornwall police forces, so with the robotic industry growing, we can expect more innovations like Eastract to be introduced across the UK.

“Drivers should be extra cautious when parking, especially in multi-storey car parks and when in the northwest travelling around Liverpool, where the scheme is currently being trialled. To avoid being put in a situation where your car is being towed away by a robot you must make sure to follow the parking rules that have been displayed and pay for the correct ticket.”

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