A new European Union policy that entered into force on 1 May is triggering turmoil amongst holidaymakers heading to Switzerland who hire a car.
The rule bans EU people from driving non-EU signed up hire automobiles in the EU. With Switzerland, a non-member, at the heart of Europe there are issues at car hire offices: a Swiss-registered hire automobile cannot be driven throughout the border to France, Germany, Italy or Austria by an EU citizen (such as a Briton).
When she arrived at the Alamo car rental desk at Zurich airport previously this month, she was told she could not take the vehicle she had booked across the border to Germany: Luckily one automobile hire company had a German authorized automobile which we could hire at an extortionate rate. Can you inform me what law this really is?
Few car hire firms appear to understand anything about the modification. On the Holiday Autos website this week, hirers making Swiss bookings were being cautioned only that they might not take the automobile into Albania and other non-EU nations. When we postured as a client attempting to make a booking, staff at the Sixt office at Zurich airport informed us to note on our online reservation that we meant to leave the EU, in which case we would be offered a German-registered vehicle.
A European commission spokeswoman said: EU citizens must try to inform the car rental company in advance if they plan to drive into the EU. It is the duty of the company to provide an automobile that complies both with custom-mades guidelines and also with traffic guidelines Car rental business in Switzerland are currently providing EU-plated automobiles for EU people in order to comply with the new customs guidelines.