The operation of the Municipality of Athens to remove abandoned cars from the center and surroundings of the capital takes place 12 months a year to free up public space.
Indicative is the recent large-scale operation carried out by the public utilities of the municipality, which in just six days, with the help of three large cranes, removed 85 cars. Cars abandoned by their owners had a negative impact on the aesthetic appearance of the city. Valuable parking spaces were also freed up, which were practically absent from the residents of the city, especially in densely populated areas. It is noted that 85 abandoned cars correspond to approximately 850 sq.m. free space, writes dikaiologitika.gr.
“Our efforts to remove abandoned cars from the streets of Athens continue to bear fruit. Over the past 2.5 years, the services of the municipality of Athens have removed a total of 4248 abandoned cars and motorcycles, which corresponds to approximately 42,500 sq.m. vital space for the Athenians. We continue our purposeful and persistent work to create a quality daily life for residents and visitors of the city, planning activities aimed at ensuring that every inch of public space, so valuable to all of us, is “won”, said Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis in a statement.
Vehicles seized from September 2019 to the present (2,573 cars and 1,675 motorcycles) were transferred to certified recycling companies in the prescribed manner.