Hummer operator appeals against limo impounding

A limo operator has written to Greater Manchester Police after his COIF Hummer H2 limousine was impounded following a Christmas crackdown. The Hummerzine vehicle operated by Earls Limousines based in Manchester, was inspected and passed by VOSA officials at the Belle Vue Stadium, where traffic officers then enquired into the driver of the limousine. Police apparently told the driver he was not covered to drive the limousine for hire and reward and the vehicle was impounded by the officers, leaving the operator with a string of pre-Christmas bookings which could not be fulfilled. Owner, Jason Earl commented; “The driver has a full D Category on his license to drive any PCV vehicle. The Police said this did not cover this type of vehicle as it was a small PCV, requiring a D1 Category on his license. I spoke to the officer and explained he was wrong, but he would not accept this and impounded the vehicle based on this.” He added; “Whilst we waited at the Police station the following day to recover the vehicle, we met another operator who had also had a vehicle impounded. He had spoken to the DVLA which confirmed that a D Category covers any PCV vehicle.” Mr Earl has written to the Chief Constable to appeal against the impounding and is attempting to recover £1,500 of costs. Hummerzine is the first company to be able to obtain a full Certificate of Initial Fitness on any Hummer H2 limousine. The company has apparently spent three years and hundreds of thousands of pounds to be able to provide the...

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Building Value in Your Business the Easy Way

Why are you running a business? What is your long term aim? You may think they are completely random questions – but this could be the most important factor of your business and will eventually give your company value. Some businesses have made a plan to build it up and sell it after a certain period of time which is a perfectly good reason to work hard on a new company. So obviously it is paramount to plan ahead and think about what a potential buyer would look for. Obviously a good diary of bookings, a paid for fleet of vehicles and a good name in the local area would be on the list to look for, but how do they know that bookings will continue to flood in when they buy the company out? Building a database of your customer base is the most important area for you to work on and using it to your benefit is even more important. You would be amazed on how quickly you can build-up a customer database of all the people who contact you and hire your vehicles. If you ask all the correct questions and use suitable software you would be able to use this information to produce email newsletters and send them information on packages and special offers. When compiling a database, it is essential you keep in mind the Data Protection Acts as you have a responsibility to use this data correctly as you could get your company into deep trouble if you abuse this. It is common sense really – only use the data you collect for promoting what the customer enquired about and do not, I repeat, do not sell or pass on the information to another individual or business. Up-to-date data is worth big money these days and it is tempting to sell it on if you have built-up a good one. However, unless the individual has actually agreed for you to pass on their information to another party then this would be highly illegal. So, if you have successfully created a customer database, it is time to start using it to its full extent and getting your message to them in an effective way. Firstly, make sure you collect the right information, the fields you need to create in a Excel spreadsheet are: Title, full name, address, postcode, telephone number, mobile number, email address, date of birth, and a field where you can put details of why they contacted you (birthday, anniversary etc). Email newsletters are a very effective way to promote your business to potential and existing customers, and there are a few...

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Looking for Insurance? Some Vital Tips

Insurance for your limousine or chauffeur car could be one of the most important factors to running your business. Although there are not many companies in the marketplace offering insurance for hire and reward, stretched limousines such as the Hummer and luxury cars, it is always advisable for operators to shop around for the best deal – not necessarily the cheapest. There are bound to be some limo insurance brokers who will be happy to take your money, but you must make sure they are offering you the correct services as the last thing you want is to find out when the worse happens. Unfortunately these days, if you are driving a stretched limousine or an expensive luxury car, they always seem to be targets on the UK roads, either from jealous drivers or drunk teenagers in a busy town centre – so you need good insurance that will cover you for a wide range of issues, not just an accident. We have heard stories from limousine operators of clients breaking something inside the vehicle which does not sound that drastic, but when a glass sunroof could cost a thousand pounds, it’s essential you are covered. It may be an idea to invest in a CCTV system in a limousine as these typically stop damage before it happens, but may also reduce your premium and at least will allow you to find out who is responsible. Recent licensing issues introduced by the government has meant that some insurance brokers are avoiding a certain type of limousine – so be sure that they are aware of the exact make and model and passenger limitations as you could find out your policy is void. For the executive chauffeurs, it can be the same story, but you are probably transporting a completely different client. Depending on your typical type for work, you must let your insurance company know if you are carrying a person who is deemed to be worth a high amount such as a celebrity or company director. Although this is not really your problem as the client will probably have his own insurance, but it will give you peace of mind in case anything happens whilst they are travelling in your vehicle. For a competitive quote, try taking an advance driving course designed for chauffeurs. Typically, these do not have a massive reduction on your insurance premium, but anything counts, and it will also make you a safer driver anyway. These are just a few basic tips when you are looking to renew your policy, but the main aim is to be truthful and let your insurance company aware...

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Chauffeurs go online in all-new Audi A8
Dec22

Chauffeurs go online in all-new Audi A8

The state-of-the-art online services allow the new A8 to retrieve up-to-date information from the internet via an optional integrated GPRS/EDGE modem in the latest generation MMI navigation plus. The user can search online with Google for points-of-interest directly from within the MMI, the versatile search engine accepting such free text search queries as “delicatessen” or “shoe boutique”. The results are then displayed on the onboard map or used as destinations for route calculation. A8 customers can also plan their navigation destinations in Google Maps or the Audi web portal at home or in the office and retrieve these on demand in the car. In mid 2010 Audi will further enhance its suite of online services with a new UMTS modem. This enables faster data transfer as well as simultaneous voice and data connections, and allows Audi to set a world first with the integration of Google Earth in the MMI navigation plus. With Google Earth on the MMI’s 8 inch LCD display the new Audi A8 allows its occupants to discover the world from above through high resolution three-dimensional satellite and aerial imagery for the entire globe, backed up by a worldwide database of photos and information articles. The Google Earth imagery and 3D terrain model are combined with the detailed street network from the onboard navigation database in a seamless integration of online and offline content. To use the new online services the customer simply needs to insert their SIM card in the MMI Navigation plus or pair their mobile phone with the MMI over the Bluetooth SIM-Access-Profile. Aside from the Customer’s existing mobile phone data plan, no additional contracts are required. The latest multimedia interface (MMI) navigation plus system that is an integral part of the new A8 features a highly evolved operating concept incorporating a touchpad – known as MMI touch. Also included are an integrated hard disk for navigation, phone and audio data and a graphics processor capable of generating high-quality, three dimensional images. The MMI analyzes navigation data predictively, relaying information to the control units managing the automatic cruise control with Stop & Go, adaptive lights and the 8-speed tiptronic gearbox so that these systems can precisely adapt their function to conditions well in advance. First shown as a prototype with Google in January 2006 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, USA, the new online services can be experienced in the new A8 as a result of a close collaboration between Audi and Google development teams...

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Hyundai reveals stunning Chauffeurs limo
Dec17

Hyundai reveals stunning Chauffeurs limo

Hyundai has began receiving orders for the long wheelbase edition of its most luxurious car, the EQUUS. The stretch edition offers several upgraded features from the normal salon version, including differentiated exterior designs and longer overall length. The engine and other functions have been reinforced to attain first-class performance, safety, comfort and convenience. With the comfort of passengers at the forefront of its design principle, the EQUUS Limousine, as it is named in Korea, offers passengers unparalleled levels of interior volume. The vehicle’s length is longer than major competitors by as much as 310 mm, with backseat legroom as much as 376 mm longer, as well. To differentiate it from the EQUUS sedan, the stretch version is equipped with an exclusive horizontal cross-bar radiator grille with an emblem in the center. Thus, the exterior image exudes an impression of strength and confidence, in line with the vehicle’s elegant image. EQUUS Limousine comes with a choice of two sophisticated engines: The Lambda 3.8L engine and the Tau 5.0L engine. The Tau 5.0 engine, applied to the stretch version for the first time, is a reinforced version of the Tau 4.6L engine that won the 2009 Ward’s 10 Best Engines award. With a maximum output of 400ps and a peak torque rating of 51.0kg, the stretch version outperforms its competitors, such as the Lexus LS460L and Mercedes S500L by 20ps and 12ps, respectively. The power-driven footrest, the world’s first, along with Rear Seat Leg Support, Relax Posture Control and Massage System function, allows passengers the most comfortable driving experience found today. The price for the long wheelbase edition EQUUS ranges approximately US$113,000 to US$122,180, based on today’s currency exchange rates. Additionally, Hyundai has successfully developed a bulletproof version of the long wheelbase EQUUS and has donated three units to the Blue House (the Korean Presidential Residence). Hyundai is the first Korean company and one of a handful worldwide – to develop a bulletproof car with its own technology. It is unknown if the vehicle will ever be available in the...

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Will Chauffeurs see 2010 Chrysler 300c updates?
Dec17

Will Chauffeurs see 2010 Chrysler 300c updates?

With its refined interior, premium technology features and unmistakable design, the 2010 Chrysler 300 announced for the U.S continues to offer unmatched style, performance and excitement for any budget. The 300C has been an amazing success within the chauffeur industry in the UK since its launch here in 2005. For those seeking the combination of maximum fuel economy with the panache of the Chrysler 300C, the new 2010 Chrysler 300 Touring offers a fuel-efficient 2.7-litre V-6 engine, providing 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, and even more upscale enhancements, including chromed mirrors and door handles, fog lamps and available steering wheel audio controls. Upping the ante, the 2010 Chrysler 300C Heritage Edition tops the model lineup. Its legendary 5.7-litre HEMI® V-8 engine with fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS) technology produces 360 horsepower 25 mpg highway capability. Premium amenities, including leather seating with suede inserts, Poplar Burl real-wood trim, Keyless Entry/Keyless Go, Boston Acoustics 5.1 surround sound with Digital Signal Processor (DSP), 20-inch chromed wheels, and performance steering, suspension and shocks, make the 300C Heritage Edition the ultimate Chrysler 300. For customers who are looking for even more all-weather capability from their Chrysler 300 sedan, all-wheel-drive models feature an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect. No other major manufacturer offers these two independent technologies together. The unique system seamlessly transitions between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive with no driver intervention. When all-wheel drive is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy on all-wheel-drive Chrysler 300 models, while still providing the outstanding performance and handling inherent in rear-wheel drive. The all-new Chrysler 300 was introduced in model-year 2005 marking the brand’s return to rear-wheel drive and the return of the HEMI engine after 50 years. There is no news as yet as to if the UK will see these changes made to the right-hand drive...

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