‘A tourist, a friend’ is campaign which was introduced by Palma town hall during the middle 1990s. It is a campaign which is still very relevant today, especially when it comes to driving and hire cars. I am amazed at some of the treatment the drivers of hire cars receive from local motorists. Rather than trying to help them and make their driving experience slightly easier, some drivers go out of their way (or at least it seems that they do) to "bully" them.

It can't be easy getting off a plane from Germany or Britain and then find yourself driving a car in the middle of the Via Cintura or even the airport motorway. Some drivers give them a wide berth and also attempt to help them out. Others do not, I am afraid. In fact, a small minority appear to try and make their life difficult as they attempt to navigate local roads they do not know.

I am getting rather bored of seeing local motorists shouting or complaining about drivers in hire cars. They may not know their way around Majorca, but remember if the boot was on the other foot I am sure that many local motorists would have trouble driving along roads in Germany and Britain. At this time of the year there are obviously plenty of hire cars on the road. The drivers need help not shouts. We must remember that if it wasn’t for tourism this island would not enjoy the great standard of living it has. Remember, tourists also drive cars!


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dixon ashman / Hace over 4 years

I am coming to Palma next week and will use the new A11 Airport bus . Provide a good service and visitors will use them >i have not heard of all inclusives giving a hire car in with their package, Is this not dangerous with all the free booze swimming around.


S. / Hace over 4 years

Hire Car is part of the All Inclusive Hotel package deals. Eventually , the All Inclusive deals will eventually embrace every attraction and facility on the Island. So, millions of Hire Cars flood the whole Island during the Season. There is nowhere to park in urbanisations with a surfeit of All Inclusive Hotels.The disgraceful charging, and damage charging rip -offs, from Hire Car Companies, should eventually educate all tourists to stop hiring cars. Using the new bus services, and their increased frequency of timetables, should reduce hire car usage.