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Europcar Answers Disabled Transport Challenge for London 2012 Paralympics

London, August 2012 – Europcar the leader in car hire services in Europe is offering Lynx Hand Controls on automatic vehicles to customers with lower body disabilities, helping spectators and athletes get to the Paralympics under their own steam. Short-term vehicle rental from Europcar offers disabled travellers a flexible transport solution to get them to the Games.

 Lynx Hand Controls are suitable for individuals who have full upper body function and good hand dexterity. Available on request within a minimum of 48 hours’ notice, the handsets offer fully interchangeable hand control, which fit over 95% of automatic cars. Disabled customers simply order the sets, free of charge*, at the point of booking and once suitability has been confirmed, the hand controls will be fitted. A representative will explain the controls and operation to the customer, ensuring they can drive with confidence before they set off. 

The Lynx Hand Controls can be booked through the Europcar call centre by calling the special assist number: 0871 384 3113.  This is open Monday – Friday between 8am – 6pm.  Alternatively customers can call on the normal reservation number: 0871 384 0004. The Lynx Hand Controls can only be hired with automatic vehicles and customers are required to reserve the controls 48 hours prior to their hire.

“Many disabled spectators and athletes would prefer to travel to the Paralympics under their own steam and our Lynx Hand Controls make this possible for those with full upper body function,” explains Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK. “Vehicle hire offers these customers a convenient and cost-effective solution, which caters to their specialist needs.

 “Europcar is committed to helping all our customers to keep moving throughout London 2012. We believe that disabled spectators and athletes need to have access to a range of transport solutions and the Lynx Hand Controls option from Europcar makes car hire a real alternative to public transport.”

*Lynx Hand Controls are free to hire for leisure customers only 

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Lynx Hand Controls being installed in a Europcar hire car




For further press information please contact the Europcar UK Press Office:  Dominic Dennis, Arran Fano, Madeleine Roles or Wendy Harrison on 020 8977 9132.  maddy@harrisonsadler.com


About Europcar

Europcar is the leader in car rental services in Europe. Present in 140 countries, the company provides customers with access to the world’s largest vehicle rental network through its own operations, franchisees and partnerships. With 6,500 employees committed to delivering customer satisfaction and an average fleet of 190,000 vehicles, Europcar is conscious of its corporate citizenship responsibilities. Winner of the first World Travel Award recognizing the World’s Leading Green Transport Solutions Company, Europcar also was honored with the Award in 2010 and 2011. Europcar is owned by Eurazeo.

For more information: www.europcar.co.uk



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