Environmental responsibility is not taken lightly among countries in Europe. Everything from eco-friendly light bulbs to targeted government campaigns are prevalent in the Euro-zone, which has come to be characterized by a culture of progressive ecological thinking. As major metro areas continue to grow in size and carbon impact, new environmental issues require evermore intensive reactions and measures to combat the effects of human civilization on the natural world.
Driving in Paris Banned as Response to Smog Epidemic
The past few days have been a struggle for officials in France as authorities scramble to respond to record-breaking levels of air pollution in Paris. The debacle has surfaced on the eve of a comparable crisis last year when air quality hit startling lows during the month of March, prompting similar responses.
While residents and travelers can rest assured the smog doesn't pose any immediate health risks, swift measures are being taken to combat the increase in smog. Those planning on driving in Paris in the near future will have to be wary, as all vehicles who's license plates end with an even number will be banned from driving in the city this Monday.
The ban will include rental cars in France and an announcement during the course of the day Monday will determine whether or not the ban will be extended. In the meantime, free public transportation will be offered throughout the city of Paris over the weekend in an effort to temporarily curb resident's use of automobiles.
Exemplary Additions to the Avis Fleet in London
Although the capital of France has been enduring a tough introduction to Spring, Avis has begun adding some exciting new options for their car rentals in London that give travelers more eco-friendly choices in vehicles.
100 new Toyota Yaris hybrids will be introduced at select Avis airport locations this month in a fleet expansion that's both green and economical. Available rental cars at Heathrow Airport and Stansted Airport already include many fuel-efficient options, as smaller vehicles tend to be more popular in Europe, but the hybrid additions are sure to be a big hit among those visiting England who are looking to save money on fuel without sacrificing space.
Another benefit of Avis' newest hybrid vehicles is that they avoid London's central city congestion charge. This will help save money both for Avis and for renters as rates begin to reflect the decrease in operating costs over time.
All in all, the inclusion of more hybrid vehicles in the Avis fleet presents a win-win situation both for clients and the environment!