Capitalising on the recent legislation to ban holding a mobile phone while driving, the handset manufacturer Plantronics has done a deal with Maxol to sell wireless headsets in its petrol station forecourts around the country.
The Irish-owned oil company will sell the Plantronics Explorer 340 Bluetooth headsets in around 110 of its service stations throughout Ireland, having completed a pilot scheme at its outlet in Lucan, Co Dublin before the ban came into force. The company claimed that it is among the first petrol retailers to start offering such products in Ireland.
According to Fergal Harrington, brand development manager of Maxol, high levels of customer demand at the Lucan branch prompted the move to make the devices more widely available. “The demand for Bluetooth headsets has increased since the new legislation regulating the use of mobile phones in cars came into effect.”
Paul Dunne, country manager for Plantronics, added: “The public are taking the new legislation seriously and providing quality affordable Bluetooth headsets is a practical step in ensuring that people can stay in touch while on the move and comply with the law at the same time.”
By Gordon Smith