LUXURY car maker BMW has had to slash $30,000 off the price of a new model and remove one of its most popular accessories to avoid breaching Hong Kong laws. The offending extra on the $970,000 BMW 740 is a satellite navigation device that can hook up to local television channels. The satellite system is not available in Hong Kong but is widely used in some Western countries. It is outlawed in the territory despite having a built-in safety measure that kills the picture when the car reaches six kilometres per hour. The Transport Department said yesterday it was illegal to sell the car with the television function. Acting senior engineer of the vehicle examination division, Chiu Yue-wing, said the local BMW dealer had stopped selling the model with the television function and those that had been sold would be recalled. The screens are being adjusted to work as radios and security alarms. There are some on-screen readings that supply information about the state of the car such as speed and fuel consumption. Mr Chiu stressed the Government was not trying to discourage the use of new technology. Some options are being considered to resolve the dilemma. One is to allow the existence of the device for navigation purposes. Others include allowing the TV pictures to be screened only when the car is not moving, or giving the device an exemption, he said. BMW Concessionaires sales manager Douglas Chau Ka-yee said customers would be told about the restriction on the television broadcasts - which used to be a special selling point. The chairman of the Motor Traders Association of Hong Kong, Michael Rushworth, said the law should be reviewed to allow the importation of modern technology. But he said the television should be restricted to navigational purposes, ruling out reception of local TV shows.