THE car may be quick off the mark but the television on the dashboard looks like being a complete non-starter. The new million-dollar BMW 740 comes with a mini-television which can hook up to satellite information systems and tune in to local channels. But the Transport Department is investigating the special feature since regulations outlaw any television broadcast the driver can see. Officials might want registration of the cars stopped and any models already on the road called back to have their television sets disconnected, said the Transport Department's John Blay. He refused to comment on whether there was a loophole in the process of granting the dealer approval to import the vehicles, priced between $970,000 and $1.9 million. Mr Blay said the department was checking whether approval had been applied correctly. 'The device might not be operational [on examination] at all,' said Mr Blay. However, according to BMW's sales manager, Douglas Chau Ka-yee, the television pictures only work when the vehicle is stationary. As soon as it reaches 6 km/h, the picture cuts out. This safety measure, Mr Chau said, ensured the driver was not distracted. The technology had been widely accepted in other countries and BMW had acquired all the necessary documents for importing the cars. Mr Blay said, however, it was still arguable whether the car should be allowed on Hong Kong's roads despite the safety measure. 'It's still a distraction to the driver and there are regulations against it,' he said. Senior training officer at the Hong Kong School of Motoring, Eddie Cho Chi-cheong, said TV pictures would be a distraction. 'A driver needs to watch out for pedestrians who are crossing the road at red lights. 'If the driver is concentrating on the pictures, he might forget to look at the back and side mirrors' before he accelerated. The chief executive of Hong Kong Automobile Association, Kendy Chan Kin-chung, said motorists could always install TV facilities if the car battery was powerful enough to support them. However, he did not think many motorists would want to do that because they were concerned with their own safety more than anyone else's, and the pictures might not be clear enough. Meanwhile, the satellite services are not currently available in Hong Kong.