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  1. Gareth’s Views: Mandatory Driver Awareness Courses

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      Not long ago, we asked our customers whether driver awareness courses should be made mandatory for all motorists caught carrying out traffic offences such as excessive speeding, not wearing a seatbelt or using a mobile while driving; all of which could prove fatal or cause an accident.   Current legislation states that it is illegal to ride a motorcycle or drive using hand-held phones or similar devices (the same rule applies while stationary at traffic lights or queuing in traffic). Any person caught will get a fixed penalty notice which means three points on your licence and a fine of £100; similarly, if you are caught without a seatbelt, you will get fined £100 but given no penalty points, while the minimum penalty for speeding is £100 fine and three points. According to the poll, nearly 60% agree that awareness courses should be a mandatory punishment. These courses – which come with a fixed Read more…


  2. Mules are Fools – Don’t be an Ass

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      This is the hard hitting message from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Their new campaign has just started  and is partnered with the charity “Prisoners Abroad” to highlight the repercussions of drug possession/ trafficking abroad. 13% of Britons arrested abroad are now drug related; hence the new campaign to promote awareness! The campaign video focus’s on the turmoil that the families have to endure ‘back home’. Their lives are practically on hold while their loved ones are incarcerated thousands of miles away possibly for decades. It also shows Shaun Attwood who’s life was turned upside down when he was imprisoned for 9.5yrs in one of America’s toughest jail for distributing ecstasy and one of the worst parts of it for him in still seeing the hurt and pain in his parents faces. Something he can’t change. The video is aptly called ‘You only have one life, don’t waste it’.  Watch below:     Read more…


  3. 12 Days of Christmas Competition

    December 10, 2014 by
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      “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me”.…ok, so we’re not your true love but you will love us when you see the prizes we have in store for this years Christmas competition! Firstly, let me introduce Noel to you. He’s our Christmas mascot this year and he’s the little fellow that you’re going to have to find on the different pages of our website. Each day we’ll give you a clue to Noel’s whereabouts and all you have to do it tell us which page he’s on to enter the competition. Easy!  Every entry will then be forwarded to the main prize draw to win a GoPro Hero 3 camera at the end of the 12 days.   How do I enter? To enter all you need to do is check out the clue on the form below  (which will be updated every day with a brand new clue to Read more…


  4. Changes to how you search for Car Hire

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    Over the last couple of months Carrental.co.uk have made some changes to how you search for car hire on our website. We have now increased the number of locations from 15,000 to over £2.5 million. In effect you should be able to find a car anywhere in the world or within a 25 mile radius of your desired location! When you type in a location you will be given a choice of suppliers, as before, but now you will need to check the distance aswell. We always supply you with the cheapest option first! Under each price is the distance from the location, so it might be that what you see is the cheapest option but it could be 13 miles away! The next supplier might be £20 more but is actually at the location you requested. If you hover your cursor over the suppliers details it will show underneath exactly where the pick up Read more…


  5. Car Hire ‘Chaos’ Warning for January

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      You may be aware that in January 2015 the DVLA will be scrapping the paper counterpart of your driving licence. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Another bit of paper we don’t need to keep hold of. Well it seems that the DVLA have gotten ahead of themselves and this could cause headaches at the Rental Desk when you go to pick up your hire car. The DVLA promised the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) an online system to allow them easy access to check our points and qualifications. Unfortunately it’s not ready in time. So what’s the alternative? Well in reality when you get to the desk to hire your car the Assistant will have to either phone the DVLA’s premium rate phone service at 51p a minute (more cost to you the end user) or you’ll have to print off something from home to take with you (this is counter productive and Read more…


  6. 10 Most Popular Winter Destinations

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        The nights are drawing in now, the heating’s been switched on and thoughts are aiming towards Christmas but for some there is just time for a last break before then. Tripadvisor have given us a lovely list of the top ten places to visit this winter, ranging in price and giving us a choice of Europe or further afield. Which one takes your fancy?   1. New York, USA It had to be number 1 really – everybody’s top wish list. You can squeeze a lot in to a 4 day break here aswell. People go for a variety of reasons; amazing shopping, magical skating in Central Park in the snow (been watching too many films), sightseeing (too many to mention here, needs a blog of it’s own!), Broadway to catch a show and if you do go please spare some time to visit Ground Zero.   2. Paris, France Disneyland is a great Read more…


  7. We have 3 prizes of £50 in Amazon Vouchers to give away!

    November 10, 2014 by
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        Christmas is around the corner and if the thought brings you out in a cold sweat then our new competition may help a little as we have 3 £50 vouchers for Amazon to give away this week. All you have to do is enter through our Facebook page or by filling out the form below. If you share this on your Facebook page then we’ll also give you 3 more entries for free!!   THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED, PLEASE CHECK HERE FOR OUR LATEST COMPETITIONS!   Who can enter? As long as you’re over 18 and a UK resident then you’re eligible. More details are below.   Good luck!   Terms and Conditions This competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. (Except employees of Carrentals.co.uk and their relatives) No purchase is necessary. A limit of one entry per person will be accepted. However, there are chances to gain bonus entries when Read more…


  8. Why scrapping term-time holiday bans is not the answer we’re looking for!

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      According to the Local Government Association, the ban on term-time holidays should be scrapped so head teachers can take a more “common-sense approach” to term-time absences. The Association released a statement explaining how outright bans for parents who take holidays during term-time does not reflect the complexity of family life.     However for Gareth Robinson, CEO of car-hire comparison site Carrentals.co.uk, relinquishing the fine could cause chaos for the education system, and have no effect on the overall cost of holidays for families with children. Instead, he explains how staggering school holidays could relieve the financial pressures on parents, ensure stability for teachers and pupils, and maintain a healthy revenue for the travel and tourism industry. Gareth said: “The travel and tourism industry has long taken advantage of school breaks by increasing their prices; holidays during half-term could be up to 300% more expensive than a term-time break. Hardly surprising, given that most Read more…