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Dublin City Council trying to cut off phone numbers on 'cash for cars' ads

The council is liaising with gardaí on the issue of the illegal ads.

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DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL is liaising with gardaí to see if the numbers attached to illegal ‘cash for cars’ adverts can be cut off.

The council is urging motorists not to respond to the signs that have appeared around the city without the consent of the council in recent years.

They say the signs pose a risk to the safety of road users as they could be a distraction.

These illegal ads usually display little more than the phrase ‘cash for cars’ and a mobile phone number.

“We are also passing these phone numbers onto the Gardaí and have been liaising with them on the possibility of disconnecting the phone numbers in question,” Litter Prevention Office Bernie Lillis said.

Dublin City Council would strongly advise motorists not to respond to these signs.

More than 5,000 have been removed over the past 18 months, a spokesperson for the council said this morning, and putting them up illegally can result in a fine of up to €4,000.

“Motorists also need to be aware that they have a responsibility to ensure that change of ownership is done correctly in order that any charges, fines or penalty points are attributed to the rightful owner,” a council spokesperson added.

If the car is being sold for scrap, a certificate of destruction is required.

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