Dublin Mid-West Sinn Féin Councillor Derren Ó Brádaigh has welcomed the downward trend on the number of vehicles being reported as abandoned to South Dublin County Council. Following a request for information, the statistics for 2022 compare favourably to the preceding 12 months.
On receipt of this response to an official question at a recent Area Committee meeting, Cllr Ó Brádaigh said “Whilst there is still an amount of work to do in order to further reduce the number of vehicles abandoned on our many streets, housing estates and car parks, the report indicating that this trend is moving in the right direction is a very welcome one! This is something I have pursued since being co-opted onto the council in December 2020.
“I asked the same question for the period Jan – Dec 2021 last year, and whilst attempting to raise awareness of the issue and encouraging SDCC to provide greater information to the public in terms of accessing automated treatment facilities (ATF’s) and the procedure in doing so. The number of vehicles at that time was 526 compared to a much-reduced figure of 374 for 2022, representing a decrease of almost 30%. I can only commend the local authority in working to better effect with others to address this, that has wider environmental implications also.
“In my own constituency of Dublin Mid-West, this has been an ongoing issue over recent years. Some of the problem relates to the relative ease at which cheap cars have been acquired to simply illegally ‘rally’ before often being set alight. The lands around Kishogue had begun to resemble something akin to a car graveyard. Separately, some cars are simply not being insured or taxed due to the pressures of a continuing and escalating cost of living crisis, which includes increased fuel, insurance and maintenance costs. In other circumstances, a percentage of vehicles simply reach their end of life and owners are not always clear on the correct procedure for disposal. The evidence from this comparison now suggests that there is real progress that can only be welcome.”