CARS are being purchased in Cork for as little as €150 for the sole purpose of being driven around the city in a dangerous manner and then later being burned out, city councillors have said.
They were speaking after two cars were left burned out in public areas on the city's northside in recent days.
City Councillor Thomas Gould said a car was stolen and then rammed into palisade fencing on the Kilmore Road before being set alight while another car was burned out on the soccer pitch on the Fairfield.
Cllr Gould and his party colleague Cllr Kenneth Collins said there have heard reports that cars on the verge of being scrapped are also being purchased for nominal amounts with youths using them for a few days to do handbrake turns and doughnuts on public roads.
Cllr Gould said the owners of cars selling them so cheaply need to start taking responsibility for who they are selling them too.
"All around our roads you can see evidence of tyre marks on roads where they have been spinning the wheels and in just the last few days we have two burned-out cars right next to sports pitches and public parks."
"We have also seen a number of cars and motorcycles being stolen in recent months for the same purpose," he said.
Cllr Kenneth Collins said it was inevitable a person will be seriously injured or killed due to the practice.
"I am saying it here and now that someone will be killed from this. Either a member of the public or one of the persons driving these cars."
"There needs to be a tougher stance taken with both car thefts and the sale of cheap cars. It cannot continue."
"In just the last few days we had two cars burned out, one near a sports pitches and the other at the Fairfield."
"These people should be out playing sports on these pitches not burning cars out next to them."