IAM calls for lower prices at motorway services
Dec28

IAM calls for lower prices at motorway services

Chauffeurs with a sweet tooth are paying up to 40 per cent more for snacks then they would on the high street the IAM has warned. A large Snickers bar costs 90 pence from a motorway service area compared to 68 pence from a high street branch – 32 per cent more – while a regular coffee costs 16 per cent more on the motorway.  A packet of McCoys crisps was almost 45 per cent more expensive than a shop on the high street, and a packet of Walkers crisps was marked up by 36 per cent. With petrol prices averaging about ten pence per litre more than at off-motorway forecourts the IAM is calling for a complete review of motorway prices, together with filling stations being forced to advertise their and their competitors’ fuel prices, as is the case in France. IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “We must end this motorway madness. Everything from sweets to petrol have an outrageous mark up. “Our advice for tired motorists is always to take your rest break and have a coffee to help you freshen up. The danger is that rip-off prices will discourage people from getting the rest they need. Parking fines for drivers who sleep for longer than two hours put people off taking rest...

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The Chauffeur Spotlight – Club Class Chauffeurs, Sussex

Continuing our series of UK Chauffeur company profiles, we meet Jonathan Dow from Club Class Chauffeurs based in East Sussex. in 1992, family business, started using contractors to carry out work in the local area until the company was reformed in 2000 to own its own fleet of cars and drivers. Club Class Chauffeurs proud themselves to be a company serving around 160 local businesses and it has strengthened to secure a number of business awards. Find how out Club Class Chauffeurs began, the MD Jonathan Dow’s views on licensing and how he built the company to offer an award-winning service. Click below to see the latest Chauffeur Spotlight...

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Chauffeur vehicles at the LA Auto Show 2011
Dec27

Chauffeur vehicles at the LA Auto Show 2011

We all know the USA is a completely different world when it comes to choosing a chauffeur vehicle – but we thought we would take a look at the gas guzzling cars on offer at the recent LA Auto Show. Although most of them would never reach the UK market, there were some luxury saloons which will soon be seen on our roads such as the all-new Lexus GS and revised Chrysler 300C. During the visit, we got a quick look at the recently revealed Lincoln MKT which has been the talk of the limo industry since it was announced the Town Car would be replaced. The Crossover type vehicle certainly shows potential and can offer more room and flexibility to clients than the Town Car – many coachbuilders have started to build stretched versions of the MKT with positive results. Other vehicles at the show included the stunningly long Hyundai Equus limousine and Infiniti QX vehicles would wouldn’t even fit on the UK roads! One vehicle which really stood our for us was the Infiniti JX37 which goes head-to-head with the Audi Q7 – there is no news as to if this will make its way to the UK. See the video...

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West One almost clinches Fleet Award
Dec23

West One almost clinches Fleet Award

WestOne Cars, a leading provider of private hire passenger car services, came runner up in the ‘Best Large Private Sector Fleet’ category at the Energy Saving Trust’s 2011 Fleet Hero Awards. The results were announced at an awards ceremony in London recently. The Fleet Hero Awards, organised by the Energy Saving Trust, aim to find the country’s Fleet Heroes: organisations that have made a successful contribution to reducing their carbon footprint through their travel and transport policies over the last year; or have supplied products or services which help their customers reduce carbon emissions from their car and van fleets. For the ‘Best Private Sector Fleet’ category judges were looking for organisations that have implemented a broad range of measures across their fleet operations to help reduce emissions and improve efficiency. WestOne impressed judges with details of its comprehensive environmental programme which has successfully achieved a 4.7% reduction in C02 emissions over the past two years. The ISO 14001:2004 accredited environmental programme has been implemented internally and externally and included; Green vehicles, Utilisation of fleet through GPS technology
, Green driver training
, Environmental analysis and reports for customers
, Carbon offset programme
, Internal green best practice eg. recycling, electronic communications and ‘green’ purchasing. Amarjit Pall, Managing Director of WestOne Cars said: “At WestOne Cars we have always worked hard to ensure we are able to offer our customers an environmentally friendly option which enables them to meet their ‘green’ objectives but which doesn’t impact their bottom line. In today’s cost conscious environment it is vital that businesses are able to keep costs down. This focus on cost reduction could have a negative impact on the environmental developments the industry has made because, sometimes, they do come with a premium attached’ He added; “However, at WestOne we have always seen being green as part of our core offering and this continues to remain a key focus for the business. To us it just makes good business and moral sense. But it appears that this also, nearly, makes us heroes! It is good to know that the efforts we have made towards a cleaner and greener London have not gone...

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Chauffeur jailed for smuggling drugs
Dec22

Chauffeur jailed for smuggling drugs

A Chauffeur has been jailed for eight years after trying to smuggle drugs worth £300,000 through the Channel Tunnel using beer cans. Stephen Leon, 49, from Chislehurst, Kent, was stopped by Border Agency officials in Coquelles, France in July 2010. He said he had been to France and Belgium looking at churches and had stopped in Calais to pick up some beer. But when officers searched his car they found eight cases of beer in the boot which when x-rayed were found to contain orange tablets. In total, staff found 15 kilos of the drug 2C-B which is a class A drug similar in effect to ecstasy and LSD. Leon denied a charge of drug smuggling but was found guilty by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court yesterday and sentenced the same day. Source: Kent...

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Tristar makes move to combat Winter
Dec22

Tristar makes move to combat Winter

Tristar Worldwide has taken delivery of 53 Volvo XC vehicles over the past month to help it cope with bad weather which grinds some chauffeur companies to a halt. Tristar, which recently renewed its three-year car supply deal with Volvo for 2,100 cars to service its Virgin Atlantic Airways’ Upper Class chauffeur contract has now purchased 18 Volvo XC70s and 35 XC90s to ensure it delivers a quality service even in bad weather. With talk of the coming winter months being harsher and colder than the last two winters, Tristar trusts the Volvo XC brand to get its customers safely from the front door to the airport, making their travel experience as seamless as possible. XC is Volvo’s cross country brand, offering both comfort and practicality when tackling bad weather. The XC70 offers enhanced vision on curvy roads, along with a secure auto brake system, to aid braking on icy roads, keeping both driver and passenger safe and secure, and with ample leg room passengers can enjoy a comfortable and relaxed drive to and from the airport. Tristar chose the Volvo XC90 brand for its mix of luxury, generous leg room and impressive safety features. The car’s all wheel drive means that the driver is in charge at all times, giving both driver and passenger peace of mind that they will get to their destination safely and on time. To ensure the highest levels of passenger safety, all XC70 models will feature Volvo’s City Safety technology. By keeping watch on vehicles in front with the help of a laser sensor built into the windscreen at the height of the rear-view mirror, City Safety will make the car automatically brake if the driver does not respond in time when the car in front slows down or stops – or if the driver is driving too fast towards a stationary object. Dean de Beer, Tristar’s CEO said: “Volvo is well known for its excellent safety features, so come rain, ice or snow, we can be confident that with our new addition of Volvo XC70s and XC90s, we can tackle whatever the British weather throws at us.” Selwyn Cooper, Volvo Car UK’s national corporate operations manager, said: “We have been supplying Tristar with a range of Volvos for over 15 years and understand that timing and reliability is vitally important to their business. We believe Tristar needs to be fully prepared for all weather conditions and our XC range will help keep operations running smoothly through the winter...

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