The effect was almost immediate. While Edouard Philippe and the government announced measures for phase 2 of the deconfinement, including the long-awaited lifting of the travel limit to 100 kilometers around the home from June 2, the car rental company Europcar recorded a further jump 300% of its bookings compared to last week. A demand that is particularly concentrated in Paris and the major regional cities such as Marseille, Nice and even Lyon.
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Figures similar to 2019 for renters between individuals
A craze that is also found in car rental companies between individuals. Ouicar and Getaround, two giants of the sector, confirming even to have found figures equivalent to those of 2019.
Results boosted by the prospect of being able to circulate freely throughout the territory, but which also correspond to new expectations of travelers for this summer, according to Paulin Dementhon, French boss of Getaround. "We think that there can indeed be a transfer of all that is public transport, trains, bus, VTC and taxis to modes of mobility such as carsharing," she said at the microphone of Europe 1 .
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A mode of transport that "reduces the risk of contagion"
This transfer to individual or family modes of transport means "not meeting a stranger and sharing a cabin". A definite advantage while the coronavirus is still circulating on the territory. Taking a car, even in rental, instead of a train for the holidays "reduces the risk of contagion", says Paulin Dementhon.