Gardaí seize 110 cars in pilot scheme to improve road safety

GARDAÍ have seized 110 cars in Cork city, many of which were a “deplorable condition”, as part of a new scheme to improve road safety.

The scheme, which is the first of its type in the country, started in the city exactly a month ago after gardaí opened a special compound to store seized unroadworthy and uninsured cars at North Esk, near Glanmire.

Inspector Pat Lehane, of the Cork City Garda Division’s traffic corps, said the crackdown was aimed at making roads safer in the city and suburbs and some of the cars seized were from so-called boyracers.

“Our aim is to take unroadworthy and uninsured vehicles off the roads. We are going to take three to four months to analyse the pilot scheme’s success, but already I can say that we’re quite happy with the way it’s going,” Inspector Lehane said.

He said that gardaí didn’t have enough space to store seized cars in their own stations, so they decided to team up with Fitzpatrick’s Recovery for the initiative. Now they have a large compound where they can store the cars, many of which are likely to ultimately end up in a crusher.

After gardaí seize the cars under section 41 of the Road Traffic Act, Fitzpatrick’s Recovery remove them and store them in the compound.

Offenders who want their cars back will have to pay a €125 towing charge and €35 for each day the vehicle is in storage.

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