The government is set to introduce new rules to protect cars from the sun and to prevent them from burning in the presence of high temperatures.
The changes, due to come into effect from next year, will mean the vehicles have to be shut off from the grid in case of a power cut or a fire, the Department of Environment says.
In a press release on Friday, the department said it would consider making the changes mandatory on all vehicles, including buses and vans.
“The Department of Environmental Protection (Deep) has the authority to impose any of these measures on vehicles when it deems it is in the public interest,” the department added.
The new rules will apply to any vehicle registered in Ireland and any that are manufactured or exported abroad.
They will also apply to the vehicles of motorcyclists, cyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters and others.
It is the first time the government has introduced a vehicle-specific safety plan.
Under the rules, vehicles will be required to stay off the grid for a minimum of three hours each day, after which they will be shut down.
The new regulations will apply even if the vehicle is parked on the street or parked at a place of business.
Vehicles with an on-board computer or mobile app must be locked for a period of two hours.
It will be a maximum of 10 minutes before the vehicle will be able to resume its normal operation.