Driving Laws Abroad
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is advising drivers to familiarize themselves with the rules of the road at their intended holiday destination. According to the institute "Roundabouts, unfamiliar road layouts and foreign signposting can make even the most experienced motorist anxious about driving abroad, but many drivers still leave British shores without a sound understanding of the traffic regulations of the country they’ll be driving in." Many country's traffic laws are quite similar to British laws but there will always be some descrepancies. The IAM went on to w...
UK Wastes 800 Million Per Year on Car Hire Excess Insurance
The Guardian newspaper has reported that UK consumers are wasting £800 million each year by buying car hire excess insurance from car rental firms rather than arranging cover in advance. Want to know what car hire excess insurance is? Click Here. Consumers are often given the option of taking out excess insurance at the pickup desk, but insurance policies here are much higher than those on regular insurance policies. Getting your excess insurance in advance of travelling can save you significant amounts. At ECB Online we're committed to getting you the best prices not only on ...
Book Your Summer Car Hire Now Before Its Too Late
Time is running out for travellers to book their summer car hire. Industry experts are reiterating warnings about car hire shortages as many of the major European tourist destinations look set to face severe shortages. Travellers are advised to book their car hire at the same time as they book their flights and accodmodation. This is very important to ensure you get the best deal and to ensure the appropriate vehicle is available for the dates you have specified. Those who leave booking their car hire until the last minute will face very high prices or may even find that there are no...
Second Icelandic Volcano About to Blow
A sister volcano of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland is showing signs that it may be about to erupt. Katla, a much larger volcano has been the subject of much speculation since Eyjafjallajökull began erupting and disrupting. A research paper by the University College of London Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction concluded that "Analysis of the seismic energy released around Katla... is interpreted as providing evidence of a rising ... intrusive magma body on the western flank of the volcano." The paper went on to state that "given the high frequency of Katla activity, an eruptio...
What is Excess Insurance
Your car rental agreement usually includes cover for Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft. However, you are still liable for the excess on both the CDW and Theft. What this basically means is if the car is damaged or stolen, the driver of the car (you) is asked to pay a portion of the repair or replacement costs. This is what is known as Car Hire Excess. If you take out excess insurance, you will not be liable for any cost should the car be damaged or stolen. ECB Online offer excess insurance through insurance4carhire.com, one of the market leaders in car hire excess insur...


Airports across Britain and Ireland reopened yet again this morning amidst warnings that the volcanic ash cloud may continue to cause disruption through the summer months.

By 9 a.m this morning all airports across Ireland and the UK had resumed normal service. However, airlines are continuing to warn passengers to double check their flight status before setting off for the airport.

While the current cloud is less dense than the cloud that shutdown European airspace a fortnight ago, officials are warning that the cloud may yet affect more travellers. If the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupts again or if it triggers it’s sister volcano Katla, thousands of passengers could again be left stranded.

These warnings emphasise the need for travellers to check the cancellation and amendment policies on their various travel arrangements. At ECB Online, we do not charge any cancellation or amendment fee as long as this is done 48 hours in advance of the pickup date.



A fresh cloud of volcanic ash from Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland has led to the cancellation of flights across Ireland and Northern Ireland. Severe delays are expected as a no-fly zone was imposed across the island.

Ryanair has cancelled all of it’s flights to and from the republic and the north until at least 2 p.m., with Aer Lingus also suspending flights until 1.p.m. The Irish Aviation Authority have however cleared Irish airspace to open at 1 p.m. The Northern Irish air traffic control company Nats, has indicated that airspace should open by 1 p.m.

The current plume of volcanic ash is not expected to impace on continental Europe.

Worried about cancelling your car hire reservations and losing money? At ECB Online we do not charge a cancellation or amendment fee so long as you cancel 48 hours in advance of your rental date.

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Following the major disruption to European travel in the last number of weeks, thousands of people have been forced to cancel their travel plans, including their car hire.

Certain companies offer cancellation protection to their customers when they hire a car. The rate of this protection is based upon the length of the period of car hire and is typically between £2 and £10. This protection waivers the normal cancellation policy and provides the customer with a full refund in the event of a cancellation.

This sounds like a pretty good deal until you examine the cancellation policies of many car hire companies. The particular company that offer the cancellation protection mentioned above allow a period of 48 hours after booking your car hire where you can cancel for free. After this period, there is a charge of £15 for cancellation. If you cancel within 48 hours of the actual rental date, you are charged 50% of the rental price.

At ECB Online, we do not charge a fee for cancellation or amendment as long as this is done 48 hours in advance of the rental date. Absoloutely no charge whatsoever if you cancel within 48 hours of the pickup date. If you wish to cancel your hire within 48 hours of the rental date, a fee equal to the first 3 days of the hire applies.

We strongly advise you to check a company’s cancellation policy before putting your booking through. This could save you from being subject to costly cancellation fees. Hopefully, the volcanic ash cloud was a once in a lifetime event. But putting a booking through ECB Online guarantees no hefty fees or catches if your forced to cancel or amend your booking, ensuring your peace of mind.

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You may have thought that the volcanic ash crisis that practically shutdown European airspace last week was over but unfortunately it appears that the disruption may have far reaching effects. According to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, the losses the airlines suffered due to the disruption coupled with rising oil prices is likely to add up to a 5% increase in air fares this year and double that next year.

The aerospace shutdown is estimated to have cost European airlines approximately £1.3 billion pounds and will have a significant impact on many airline’s profitability. The ash cloud was a significant blow to the already struggling European airlines, meaning they are likely to pass on their rising costs to passengers as we head into the peak travel season.

This news will add further frustration to those hoping to head abroad this summer as reports are now circulating that the shutdown of European airspace was unnecessary.

Prices are likely to continue to rise as we approach the summer months and this applies not only to flights but for the travel industry in general. Travellers are advised to book their accomodation, flights and car hire as early as possible for the cheapest rates.

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The eruption of Mount Eyjafjallajökull on the 21st of March has caused chaos to the aviation industry across Europe. This unprecedented event has left an estimated 5 million people stranded or unable to fly. But why has this particular eruption prevented planes from flying?

Apart from the obvious visibility problems, volcanic ash can cause airplane engines to cease functioning completely. The ash is composed of very fine particles which can damage airplane engines and even suffocate them completely, causing them to fail.

The International Air Transport Association estimates that airlines will lose about €150,000,000 each day during the disruption.

With few planes travelling throughout Europe, there is a heavy demand for ferry services and for car hire. Here at ECB Online we are receiving an unprecedented amount of calls and emails and we are doing are very best to get through them all. Please note that after business hours (08:30 – 17:00) please email us at sales@ecbonline.com or just press the Contact button on our website and send us through your query. We endeavor to answer emails on the same day that they are received.

We also ask visitors to note that currently international one way bookings are unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes and the international one way service will be up and running again as soon as possible.

We do however have pickup and drop off points available at a number of city, port and railway locations across Europe. Many have already availed of this service to find alternative transport home.

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A number of surveys have recently concluded that car hire prices are most definetely on the up. Price comparisons between popular car hire locations this year and last year for the same period, show that prices are almost two-thirds more expensive than they were last year.

Many car hire companies have had to reduce their fleets as the recession has hit and this means that in some destinations, there simply aren’t enough cars.

Many suppliers are already bracing themselves for severe shortages during the summer months. Ireland is one of the regions particularly affected by the shortages with demand expected to far outstrip supply in the coming months.

One way to minimize cost is to simply book your car hire as early as possible. The longer you leave it, the more expensive it gets. Last minute bookings will be especially expensive and travellers may find that in some regions, leaving it to the last minute means there are no cars available.

At Ecb Online, we can confidently claim to offer some of the most competitive rates on the market. We compare prices from all of the major car hire companies and return the cheapest results so that YOU get the best deal available.

Whether your hiring a car in Europe or Australia our prices are not to be missed especially in these difficult economic times.

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