Opinion Letters

Friday 23 March 2018

Let's test State 'bangers'

Sir -- Reading the "Annexes to the Summary of 2011 Budget Measures" (available on gov.ie), I came across a statement under the heading "Revised Government Transportation Arrangements" which reads, "Cars in the existing fleet have not been replaced in recent years and many are approaching the upper mileage level deemed safe for continued use by the relevant manufacturers".

As a mechanic, and an independent motor trader, with 30 years' experience in motor vehicle maintenance, I have never come across an "upper mileage level" statistic quoted by any manufacturer at which they deem their product to be no longer safe.

Mercedes, for example, prides itself in manufacturing cars that, given proper maintenance, are capable of delivering in excess of one million miles. I doubt any of the State Mercs are approaching that mileage.

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