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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.

CY­CLE SCHEME

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.

SUR­VEY SAYS

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.

TRAVEL FINES

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.

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