Stolen car details 'should be released'
GARDAI are being called on to release details of stolen cars so that innocent motorists are not conned into buying them.
Around 10,000 vehicles are stolen here each year with more than 2,000 of those never recovered.
Details of unrecovered vehicles are kept by gardai. They are not shared with, for example, vehicle history check services and that means buyers are not alerted.
Gardai have insisted that there are serious "data protection" issues involved.
However, one of those agencies now wants details of unrecovered cars made available to protect potential buyers who could lose all their money after unwittingly buying a stolen car.
Cartell.ie says the gardai's stolen motor vehicle unit does not forward the data to vehicle history companies, which makes it virtually impossible for the consumer to know whether the vehicle is stolen or not, according to Cartell's director, Jeff Ahern.
He says: "This is a serious problem. If you buy a stolen vehicle you can lose all of your money as the vehicle may be returned to its rightful owner."
He claims that sharing the stolen car information is in the public interest.
Cartell claims to have helped recover stolen UK cars here because it could check with the relevant vehicle history agency across the water, which had data on unrecovered motors.
It is claimed that because such data is not released on Irish cars, thieves don't even have to clone vehicles by using fake registration plates.