Pay-per-use GoCars destroyed in suspected Dublin arson attack

The business says the vehicles were worth €15,000 each

Pay-per-use GoCars destroyed in suspected Dublin arson attack

One of the damaged cars | Image: gocar.ie

A pay-per-use car service says two of its vehicles have been destroyed in a suspected arson attack in Dublin.

GoCar says it happened in Blackpitts, Dublin 8 on Tuesday night.

The company allows customers to sign up to use cars, and then drop them back at designated bases.

The business says the vehicles were worth €15,000 each.

"As a small Irish business, an attack on two vehicles worth €15,000 each is obviously a huge disappointment for us, but it is an isolated incident and we're reassured by how swiftly and thoroughly the gardaí have been dealing with it", head of operations Jonathan Roche says.

"We still have absolute confidence in the viability of car sharing in Dublin, although it is very frustrating to suffer this attack as we're a small Irish business with six full-time staff, and cannot afford these types of setbacks".

He says with the two damaged cars now out of service their members are inconvenienced and are losing out on essential revenue.

"This isolated incident will not deter us from adding more vehicles to our fleet of 150 cars and vans, and we still have absolute confidence that the service will continue to grow", Mr Roche adds.

The firm has just launched a fleet of 10 electric BMW i3s, and say they will continue to "strive towards reducing the emissions across our fleet."

It says the investigation into the suspected arson attack is ongoing.