Wednesday 25 April 2018

Phone talk-walk ban; tyre cost; gesture by Frank Keane; holiday rentals; electric truck

Franke Keane charity BMW
Franke Keane charity BMW

We're still struggling to ban texting at the wheel but Hawaiian capital Honolulu has become the first major US city to ban pedestrians from using their phones while crossing the road. Good luck with trying to enforce that here.

Honolulu is bringing in the ban in October. They say it is to reduce injuries and deaths from "distracted walking". Fines range from €13 or so. Repeat offenders face fines of up to €90.

* The cost of driving on under-inflated tyres is being ignored by drivers. What else is new? According to tyre manufacturer Michelin under-inflation is increasing fuel usage and carbon emissions as well as posing serious safety risks - in the event of sudden stopping or swerving.

It's simple. Check your tyres regularly - at least every month and before any long journeys.

* It's a generous gesture. Frank Keane BMW recently presented five electric i3's (above) at below market rates to support Unicef Ireland in raising funds and awareness of the plight of children in developing countries.

The announcement coincides with Frank Keane BMW becoming an official BMW i agent.

The company will also donate €15 to Unicef for every new car purchased and up to €5 for every service. Each customer of its Blackrock and Naas Road branches will also be given the opportunity to match the donation.

* It stands to reason that Irish holidaymakers are far more likely to rent a car on summer holidays than their European counterparts.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Europe-wide research found 65pc of Irish people driving abroad this summer were likely to rent - way above the European average of just 48pc. Obviously our geography plays a major part in the decision to rent. Sometimes you'd envy the Europeans who can drive their car from their front door to nearly anywhere on the continent.

* Production has just started on the world's first series all-electric truck, the FUSO eCanter. It is expected on the Irish market in 2019.

Daimler recently began production of the truck in Europe at its Tramagal plant in Portugal.

* And then there were nine. From 10,130 online suggestions for a name for SEAT's third (large) SUV, due next year, the company is now considering nine.

All place names, they are: Abrera, Alboran, Aran, Aranda, Avila, Donosti, Tarifa, Tarraco, Teide. One sounds distinctly Irish - Aran. Yeah, there's a ring to that. The 'SEAT Aran'.

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