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DRIVING IN GERMANY? Europcar warns travellers to be aware of new

Europcar is warning travellers planning to drive in some of Germany’s cosmopolitan and buzzing cities that new ‘Green Zones’ have recently been introduced.  These require all vehicles to display an ‘environmental badge’ and any vehicle without a badge will be subject to a fine of €40.  Importantly this includes vehicles driven cross-border by foreign travellers.

“The Europcar fleet has the appropriate badges, ensuring our customers can travel freely within German cities,” explains David McNeill, Corporate Sales Director, Europcar.  “However, the law applies to vehicles driven into Germany from other countries, as well as German registered vehicles. Travellers should, therefore, ensure that any vehicle crossing the border into
Germany complies by displaying an environmental badge.”

The badges can be bought online from www.umwelt-plakette.de for €18.90 plus postage for a printed version. Alternatively, stickers can be bought in Germany at its vehicle registration offices, exhaust emission testing centres and authorised garages in the cities for around €5.

David McNeill concludes, “Whether travelling in Germany on a business trip or a weekend city break, it’s essential that travellers are aware of the new laws. It’s wrong to assume that foreigners will be exempt from the laws.  Anyone entering the green zones in a vehicle without a badge will incur a fine, even if it is registered outside Germany.

“Europcar customers will be able to travel safe in the knowledge that all our vehicles have the necessary badge. But with more cities due to follow suit later in the year, we’re advising holidaymakers and business travellers to check their destination before they make the trip.”

Germany Environmental Zones

01.01.2008         Berlin,
Hannover, Köln 
12.01.2008
Dortmund (Brackeler Straße)
01.03.2008 Ilsfeld, Leonberg, Ludwigsburg, Mannheim, Reutlingen, Schwäbisch-Gmünd, Stuttgart, Tübingen
  33 planned environmental zones
01.08.2008
Bremen, Pleidelsheim,
01.09.2008
Regensburg
01.10.2008 Bochum, Bottrop, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen, Frankfurt am Main, Gelsenkirchen, München, Oberhausen, Recklinghausen
2008, (Date not yet set)
Augsburg
01.01.2009 Herrenberg, Karlsruhe, Nürnberg,
Pforzheim
01.01.2010 Dresden, Freiburg (Breisgau), Heidelberg, Mühlacker
Year not yet set Braunschweig, Darmstadt, Düsseldorf, Gera, Jena,  Leipzig, Magdeburg, Neu-Ulm, Pfinztal, Ruhrgebiet-Großumweltzone, Ulm

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June 2008 

Notes to Editors

For further press information please contact, Elinor Puzey, Louise Fowler or Wendy Harrison at HSL, Churcham House, 1 Bridgeman Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 9AJ. Telephone: 020 8977 9132 Fax: 020 8977 5200 louise@harrisonsadler.com
About Europcar 

Owned by the French investment company Eurazeo, Europcar is the European leader in passenger car and light utility vehicle rentals. Since March 2007 with the acquisition of Vanguard EMEA, its network comprises over 5,300 rental outlets in 160 countries. With a fleet of over 241,000 vehicles and almost 10 million rental contracts signed in 2006, Europcar provides its services to its clients (business and private) throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Europcar was named “World’s Leading Leisure Car Rental Company” at the 2007 World Travel Awards. For more information: www.europcar.com

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