IN THE DRIVING SEAT
SNCF has teamed up with car rental company OuiCar allowing travellers to hire a vehicle at train stations across France, including Bordeaux, Tours, Nantes, Toulouse and St-Malo. Discounted weekend rates will appeal to those on city breaks. The vehicles can be picked up upon arrival at the train station at the cost of €15-20 per day and can be rented through a smartphone.
People in Lille are being encouraged to get on their bikes with a 25% discount on the purchase of a new bike. The grant is being offered by the European Metropolis of Lille in a bid to cut pollution in the city and to promote the bike as the preferred mode of transport around the city. Vice President of EML, Anne Voituriez said the scheme is designed to “raise awareness among metropolitans to change their behaviour”. The city has seen a 42% increase in the number of bikes in the city since its new cycle-friendly layout was implemented last September.
French airports have not come out well in a satisfaction survey led by consumers’ association Que Choisir. Paris Orly and Charles-de-Gaulle appear at the bottom of a chart scoring the best airports with over 15 million passengers. Although the two Parisian airports scored well in terms of information display, both were criticised for the poor quality of bars and restaurants, and for the lack of seats and electrical sockets in their waiting areas.
British drivers could face fines of up to £640 for traffic offences while driving in Europe, following a change in UK law. Under the new rules, European governments can access vehicle ownership records held by other countries, which they can then use to prosecute drivers. Previously, UK motorists were only fined if they were stopped by police or if they were in a hired vehicle. The new regulation is due to cover offences such as speeding, passing through a red light, use of a mobile phone while driving, and driving without wearing a seat belt.