Due to the falling value of scrap metal there has been a major increase in the number of cars being abandoned in south Dublin.
South Dublin County Council say they have received 336 complaints relating to abandoned or burned-out cars so far this year which is a dramatic increase on the 179 complaints last year and 164 in 2014.
The council say the issue seems to be nationwide and solutions are being considered by waste enforcement officials in the Department of the Environment.
Teresa Walsh, the council’s director of environment, says untaxed and uninsured vehicles are being parked on residential streets, waste ground, car parks and at the roadside across the county and abandoned. She said:
“The scrap value of vehicles has fallen of late due to worldwide market forces and the temptation is all too great to dump them or pass them on to unauthorised breakers or back-street garages.
“The economics of end-of-life vehicle (ELV) waste management are largely influenced by the price of metals.
“This means that when the scrap metal price is poor and hence where the net value of an ELV is negative it is the authorised treatment facility operator who must cover the dismantling cost of any vehicle accepted.”
It is an offence under the Waste Management Acts and the End-of-Life Vehicle regulations, to abandon a vehicle instead of depositing it at a treatment facility with offenders liable to a €4,000 fine or imprisonment for up to 12 months.
The SDCC say each case involving an abandoned, or apparently abandoned, vehicle is dealt with individually, often in conjunction with An Garda Síochána.