Smoke-free rental cars with Avis and Hertz
Avis rent-a-car office: Helsinki, Finland in the left and Christchurch,
New Zealand in the right
An official website of Avis announced that after February 2009, smoking
is no longer permitted in Avis
rental vehicles in Singapore. This is an effective measure aimed at boosting
air quality and comfort in
a car rented. Through this strict no-smoking policy, Avis aims to make
a car rental an even more
enjoyable experience - especially for the large non-smoking majority. Experience
abroad has shown
that ever more customers are demanding no-smoking car. As the same story
in the hotel sector,
where many guests now explicitly wish to stay in a 'nonsmoking room'.
Since April 2008, there has been a smoking ban in Avis rental vehicles
in the countries of Austria,
Czech Republic and Switzerland, The Avis Finland says all cars provided
by Avis are smoke-free.
It seems to me the situation has changed. Rental car companies now 'insist'
rather than 'request'
that customers not smoke in its cars.
No smoking notice placed on the Hertz rent-a-car office in Helsinki.
The sign plate proved by a rental-car office at Hertz, Helsinki says that
smoking is prohibited all
Hertz' rental vehicles. Failure to adhere to these rules can result in
an additional cleaning charge
( minimum 100EUR + tax ).
British National Car Rental and Guy Salmon have announced that their fleets
of a rental car will be strictly nonsmoking. All the vehicles will have
prominently displayed on the dashboard.
$B!!(BIn October 2009, Avis and Budget announced that their fleets in the countries
of United States
and Canada would be 100% smoke-free. For the violation of this rule will
be charged a cleaning fee of
up $250 on customers who smoke in the cars. The spokesman of the Avis Budget
Group said that the
most frequent request they get is for a smoke-free car, and a common customer's
complaint is a car
that smells of smoke. No employees who drive the vehicle are allowed to
smoke, and the cars undergo
a new inspection upon return. It eats a more cost to clean a smoky car,
and it often has to be taken out
of service longer.
(Reference ) USA TODAY September14, 2009
All Avis and Budget rent-a-cars in Canada and United States have been smoke-free.
If you smoke inside, a cleaning fee up to $250 will be charged to your
$B!!(BSmoking Ban and Tobacco Control in Finland
Sheraton and Marriott Hotel Chains ban smoking in the Hotels.
All rental cars provided by Avis, Hertz, Budget is smokefree in the countries
in Europe and North America.
$B!z(BThis Web site is link-free.
The photographs were taken in July 2009 and October 2010.
The article was written in August 2009 and retouched in October 2010 and
in June 2015.
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.