I'll probably get shot for bringing this thread up again
but having had the very brief 'pleasure' of a Kia Carens hire car I just had to vent.
I've driven a few hire cars with EPBs, and whilst they strike me as pointless and a backward step I haven't had a major issue with them.
The Kia went one better though (roll on the drums...) - a foot operated parking brake
Basically you get a fourth pedal to the left of the clutch, and a little lever on the dash. To apply the parking brake, you push down the pedal with your clutch foot (so you have to hold the car on the brakes and put it into neutral before applying parking brake) - to release it you pull the lever on the dash.
I can see that this may be ok with an automatic, but in a manual?