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Over 1,500 Key Workers Took up Europcar Rentals During Lockdown

Over 1,500 Key Workers Took up Europcar Rentals During Lockdown
15 July 2020 | Updated 21 July 2020

Critical workers such as NHS, fire and police staff, teachers, carers and volunteer responders rented vehicles during the height of Britain’s lockdown.

Europcar launched their Emergency Services product back in March to support designated workers by offering vehicles at £5 per day. The aim was to provide a safe, reliable alternative to public transport.

In the height of the crisis, over 1,500 key workers took up the offer resulting in over 19,000 hire days.

According to research by the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM), 43 per cent of workers are worried about resuming the cost of commuting now that workplaces are reopening. Additional data from Addison Lee suggests that the crisis will revolutionise the way we commute, with 6 out of 10 London commuters changing the way they travel.


London, Manchester and Birmingham Accounted for 46.8 Per Cent of Bookings


Europcar experienced a surge in bookings in regions where public transport is heavily relied on, particularly in London, Manchester and Birmingham which accounted for 46.8 per cent of reservations. Choosing to commute in the safety of a rental car, 47.3 per cent of those who took up Europcar’s special offer hired their vehicle for the entire month of April when the UK experienced its strictest government lockdown restrictions.

Gary Smith, Managing Director of Europcar Mobility Group UK commented: “The coronavirus crisis affected every part of society and particularly those who usually rely on public transport to get them from A to B. 

“It is vital that we at Europcar do all that we can to support those on whom we all depend on to ensure the health and safety of our communities across the UK. We have gladly offered our support to those who have worked tirelessly to tackle the effects of coronavirus and will continue to assist our essential services and healthcare professionals in any way we can.”

Picture: A photograph showing a person holding some car keys

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 15 July 2020


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