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Avis Adds New Mobility Products for Travelers With Disabilities

Aug 15, 2008

Avis Adds New Mobility Products for Travelers With Disabilities

Full Suite of Avis Access(R) Mobility Devices Now Available Nationwide


PARSIPPANY, NJ, Jul 17, 2008 - Avis Rent A Car today announced the nationwide rollout of mobility devices and the addition of new mobility devices including heavy duty scooters, power chairs and manual wheelchairs, to its Avis Access(R) program, the Company's suite of products for travelers with disabilities. The national rollout of these lightweight, battery-operated portable mobility scooters follows a successful test in Orlando and Las Vegas.


Mobility devices are popular with older travelers in addition to people with disabilities, especially when traveling for special purposes such as vacations, graduations or weddings. They are also used by general consumers for special purposes, including:

-- Navigating large conventions or resorts with long walkways;

-- Overcoming the inconvenience of a temporary ailment such as a sprained ankle or fracture;

-- Making sightseeing in large cities easier and more enjoyable, especially during the hot summer months.


"Customer response to mobility scooters in Orlando and Las Vegas was strong," said Michael Caron, vice president of product and program development for Avis Budget Group, Inc., parent company of Avis. "Offering these rental products in additional cities as demand increases shows how 'We Try Harder' at Avis to bring customers products and services that make travel more accessible for all."


"My son had broken his leg and the scooter made it possible for him to go everywhere with the family," said Ted Fardoe, an Avis customer who rented a mobility device in Orlando. "The scooter rental made a huge difference in the entire family's ability to enjoy our vacation."


In 2004, Avis introduced Avis Access, the most comprehensive suite of products in the car rental industry aimed at making travel more accessible for travelers with disabilities. Available free of charge with all Avis car rentals, Avis Access products include transfer boards, swivel seats, spinner knobs, hand-controls and panoramic mirrors. Last year, Avis also introduced a national training program to educate employees on how to recognize different types of disabilities and how best to assist these customers. Avis employees are also trained in the correct usage of terminology and language when dealing with persons that are sight or hearing impaired, speech-impaired or use wheelchairs.


Avis offers mobility devices that can be reserved directly through Scootaround, the industry leader in mobility equipment rentals, and are available for rent for a minimum of three days. For more information or to make a reservation, visit or call 1-888-TRY-HARDER.


About Scootaround Inc.

Since 1997, Scootaround Inc. has been North America's only nationwide mobility equipment company, providing scooter and wheelchair rentals and sales to all customer types from individual travelers through to Fortune 500 companies. They also provide mobility enhancement services for conventions and tradeshows through fleet rentals and onsite-programs.


About Avis

Avis Rent A Car System, LLC and its subsidiaries operate one of the world's leading car rental brands, providing business and leisure customers with a wide range of services at more than 2,100 locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Latin American/Caribbean region. Avis is one of the world's top brands for customer loyalty, as ranked in the 2008 Brand Keys(R) Customer Loyalty Engagement Index. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc.