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Munster calls for urgency in vehicle write-off legislation

30 June, 2016 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD has called on Minister for Transport Shane Ross to ensure that legislation to deal with the issue of British cars that have been written off being imported to Ireland is introduced as soon as possible.

At a meeting of the Select Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport on Wednesday morning, Deputy Munster put it to the Minister that recent reports claim the number of such cars being imported to Ireland have increased by almost 1,000 to 3,442 in the first five months of this year, and are now thought to account for one in 10 of all used imports.

The Louth TD said:

“This is a staggering increase and is a matter of huge concern. It is absolutely unacceptable that vehicles that fail road-worthiness tests in other countries can be registered here. This has huge implications for road-safety, particularly with the dramatic increase shown in these figures. It is only a matter of time before serious injury or death is caused by one of these vehicles.

“It is very important indeed that this legislation is prioritised. We only have three weeks left in this term, and I had been hopeful that this legislation would have been much further down the line by now.” 

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