Krystal confirms new UK dealer
Nov09

Krystal confirms new UK dealer

The owner of Krystal UK, Nick Clarke, has announced a new Cambridgeshire dealer, establishing a stronger presence for the popular manufacturer. The appointment of ACF Limousines as the latest UK authorised dealer for its range of Krystal USA’s stretch limousines brings twenty years of experience of working in vehicle sales, leasing and servicing to the table. Nick commented; “We are delighted to have signed yet another first-class dealer for our rapidly expanding Krystal UK network.  The award of VOSA’s Single Vehicle Approval status (SVA) continues to bear fruit, as this appointment shows”. He added; “The company’s forty one acre site in Burwell contains a twenty bay workshop with specially designed lifting ramps that will accommodate stretch limousines, as well as having limousine recovery vehicles. Its sales, support, mechanical and auto-electrical capabilities are what the limousine industry needs as it matures.  Couple those attributes with its long-term servicing record and commitment to customer satisfaction and it is a recipe for success”. ACF offers expert limousine sales, including a loan limousine to replace the limousine being serviced or repaired, plus finance packages and part exchange.  Its experience in auto-electrics brings yet another dimension to the limousine industry, as it will also be offering customisation to not just Krystal limousines, but to any limousine, including customisation items such as smoke machines, UFO lighting and a whole host of interior options ACF Limousine’s Managing Director, David Waldock, commented; “We are proud and delighted to become a Krystal UK authorised dealer.  We will bring a very professional level of sales, service and support to the UK limousine industry, which can only serve to benefit all.  We look forward very much to the future with Krystal UK and ACF Limousines working together to help drive the industry...

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People Carriers given the limo touch by Lakeview
Oct02

People Carriers given the limo touch by Lakeview

Lakeview Custom Coach is offering a range of stunning Dodge Sprinters with limousine style interiors. The 2007 Dodge Sprinters produced by Mercedes Benz are available as a ten passenger Executive and a fourteen passenger double “J” seat models. Inside is a double 32″ LCD TV’s, high and low bars, satellite TV and satellite radio. The Executive model also contains captain’s chairs which recline to 45 degrees and writing tables. On the outside, the vehicles have custom Mercedes-Benz 18″ wheels and ground effects, back up camera, trailer hitch amongst other features. Prices vary from $98,890, for more information contact Jeff Brown on 001 800 546 6322 or visit...

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Operators are not using alcohol laws to full extent
Oct02

Operators are not using alcohol laws to full extent

There are now laws governing the sale and consumption of alcohol in limousines. David Preece discovers how you can benefit from the rules… Many clients who hire limousines for an occasion, whether it be an 80th birthday or party night out with friends, it is generally expected that alcohol will be provided with the vehicle. Done in the right way, booze can turn a good experience into a great one – so to ensure everything goes smoothly, here are a few ideas and tips about selling alcohol to your clients. Firstly, if you are intending to sell alcohol, you’ll need a personal liquor license for the person overseeing the majority of the alcohol-related business, and also a license for the premises. These are obtained by attending courses, usually over the space of a day, which culminate in multiple-choice examinations. Once these have been successfully completed, your license applications will go on to be processed by your local council. As part of the process, you will have to specify the premises from which the alcohol will be sold and be able to prove that it is a safe and secure location. Following standard checks, you will receive your license and will be allowed to legally sell or give away alcohol. Now that everything is legal and above board, you can start to plan how you’re going to go about providing alcohol to your clients. One way is to simply have a list of all your individual drinks and allow people pick and choose as they wish on the day of the hire. This can be a good option if it is a relatively small booking, or if the client has not specified any preference in advance. Alternatively, a great idea is to prepare a menu of drink bundles or packages, which can be advertised in your brochures or website. Combinations of certain types of alcohol, such as cans of beer, multiple bottles of champagne, wine or spirits can be grouped together. For example, “Option A” might consist of five cans of beer and a bottle of champagne, “Option B” may be made up of three bottles of champagne, and so on. This is often a convenient way for your clients to choose what they want when making the booking, and can be made even more appealing by offering special deals or discounts. Another way is to offer drinks packages tailored to certain events. For weddings, it’s a nice idea to offer one or two complimentary bottles of champagne for the journey to or from the service; sipping on a glass of bubbly after one of the happiest moments of your...

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Councillor angered at plan for Dublin bus lanes
Oct02

Councillor angered at plan for Dublin bus lanes

A Labour councillor in Dublin has expressed outrage at plans to allow limousines use the city’s bus lanes. The Taxi Regulator wants the Department of Transport to allow the stretch vehicles drive down lanes currently reserved for buses and taxis. The city council’s transport committee meets this afternoon to discuss the idea and pass on its views. Labour’s Andrew Montague says he will be expressing strong opposition to the move, saying bus lanes should be used to keep the city moving, not to facilitate people taking up road space in massive...

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Something old, something new for hire firm
Oct02

Something old, something new for hire firm

A chauffeur hire business in Sussex is celebrating the arrival of a vehicle which has led to an influx of bookings. Platinum Cars (Sussex) has recently taken delivery of a classic 1971 Mercedes-Benz limousine which has been specifically tailored to match the rest of the busy company’s fleet. Jentree classic coachworks based in Eastbourne, East Sussex matched the bodywork of Platinum’s current Mercedes-Benz S-Class so the company can offer ‘something old, something new’ to wedding bookings. Owner Andrew Thompson told The Chauffeur magazine; “We were just in time for this season when we got it back in May, and managed almost twenty wedding bookings, and we are expecting around thirty next year alone.” The classic Mercedes limousine has three bench seats and will carry seven passengers plus chauffeur. The vehicle has become popular as wedding parties can get to the church all in one vehicle rather than having several like traditional...

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Limo licensing shake-up for Leeds
Oct02

Limo licensing shake-up for Leeds

Limo operators in Leeds, Yorkshire have been contacted by local authorities urging them to get licensed or be a risk of going to jail. The City Council has been contacting businesses in the area who are listed in local directories as offering a ‘hire and reward’ service as it launches a consultation exercise aimed at getting the industry licensed. Documents have been sent which highlight the changes which are planned to come into affect early next year and is aimed at cracking down on illegal operators. The documents feature extensive spider graphs so drivers and operators can find out if they need to obtain a license under the new laws. The Road Traffic Safety Act 2006, section 53, repeated the part of section 75 of the local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1976 which exempted certain categories of Private Hire drivers and vehicles from the need to be licensed if they conducted their business by having hire contracts of not less than seven days. Leeds City Council has expressed that there are a wide range of categories of drivers, vehicles and operators who were previously exempted, but who will now need to be licensed by January 2008. As a general guide, the City Council has highlighted executive hire, chauffeur services, airport travel, stretch limousines and novelty vehicles as those who need to take note of the new regulations. This is not an exhaustive list, but does highlight that those who were, or who thought they could avoid being licensed by using ‘notional’ seven day contract, now very clearly must be licensed by the local authority for the area they operate in. Leeds City Council is responsible for licensing Hackney Carriages and Private Hire vehicles and their drivers in Leeds.  It is the councils job to make sure the trade in Leeds is operated in a professional manner and that the correct standards of safety and comfort are satisfied by all vehicles, drivers and operators. For more information on the new regulations or to find out if you need to be licensed, please contact Martyn Johnson, Principal Officer at Leeds City Council on 0113...

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