MKZ long wheelbase puts Towncar lovers at ease
Oct27

MKZ long wheelbase puts Towncar lovers at ease

U.S Coachbuilder, Royale Limo has revealed stunning images of its latest product which follows the recent announcement of the discontinuing of the Lincoln Towncar. The Hybrid L MKZ by Royale is America’s most fuel-efficient luxury vehicle and by extending the chassis and rear doors, Royale has created the next generation, purpose-built Hybrid Electric luxury chauffeur car. The Hybrid L MKZ offers nearly 95% of the rear leg and shoulder room of the Lincoln Town Car Executive L, while delivering twice the fuel economy in a luxury platform. It is a super ultra low emission vehicle (SULEV) as well as a partial zero emission vehicle (PZEV) because it produces superior fuel economy and is capable of emitting zero emissions while travelling under 47 mph. The MKZ also produces little or no idle emissions because its accessory battery runs all idle functions including the air conditioner. Lincoln has added many luxury and safety upgrades to this industry specific model including leather seating, genuine wood trim, voice activated navigation, chrome wheels, blind spot information system and a rear view camera. For more information visit:...

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NLCA meeting announced to discuss PSV rules

Public Service Vehicle (PSV) Operators from across the UK are being urged to attend the next association meeting to discuss a recent legislation announcement. The National Limousine and Chauffeur Association will be holding the meeting for new and existing members and will be discussing the letters received by operators which highlight the licensing of all vehicles which seat eight passengers or less. Operators have raised concerns that the rules announced by VOSA may see thousands of vehicles left unlicensed due to varied regulations in place by local authorities. Chairman of the NLCA, Peter Wright commented; “Any O’Licence operator who wants to secure their future in this sector should seriously attend this meeting, as we will be able to inform them of how they can adapt their company to suit VOSA’s new requirements.’ The meeting will take place at the Holiday Inn Express, Birmingham NEC Complex at 19:30 on 10th November...

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Chauffeur Insight leads to unique initiative

A chauffeur from Rosedale Livery Limited has taken initiative to purchase an Amazon Kindle to entertain the company clients while en route to their destination. The Amazon Kindle is a hand held computer that displays reading material such as e-books and e-newspapers from a variety of diverse sources. Prior to investing in the Amazon Kindle, Stefan Dicu would purchase up to six newspapers a day or 1,800 newspapers annually plus dozens of magazines, as part of the services to his passengers. As a result, he was spending thousands a year on reading material and generating excess paper waste. Craig McCutcheon, President of Rosedale Livery has not only praised the forward thinking initiative by his chauffeur, he has started to build a company-wide program around the concept starting with adding Kindles in each of their eight, 2010 Hybrid L Executive Sedans.  “As an environmental leader in our industry, we are always looking for new initiatives that bring environmental reductions as well as enhanced value for our clients,” said McCutcheon.  “This one is clearly a win-win for all involved.” Rosedale has plans to roll out the program to its entire fleet of 70 plus vehicles over the next year.  According to McCutcheon, “Across our fleet, we will eliminate the need for over 125,000 newspapers and 1,680 magazines each year.  Just as important, we will add variety and technology to the client experience when traveling in our vehicles.” “This is an example of how a company’s commitment to environmental sustainability can foster new thinking among its employees,” says Ian Lipton, Chief Operating Officer of Green Ride Global, a consultancy specializing in sustainability programs for the transportation and business travel industries.  “Discarded newspapers make up over 5 percent of municipal solid waste by weight.” Lipton points out another environmental benefit.  “If a chauffeur must purchase a new newspaper or magazine every time a passenger removes one from the vehicle, fuel is consumed to divert from the route,” said Lipton. “Across Rosedale’s entire fleet, this savings in fuel alone can result in a reduction of hundreds of kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions...

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Plans for Limo Convoy 2011 discussed
Oct25

Plans for Limo Convoy 2011 discussed

Three years after the first limousine convoy hit Blackpool in 2007, discussions are underway on the development of the next charity event. Organisers of the first convoy managed to gather hundreds of limousines from around the country which measured a mile in length making it a new world record. Thousands of pounds was also raised for local charities during the convoy. Now, the limousine industry is being invited to have their say on how the 2011 event should shape up. Some operators have felt a co-ordinated event in various cities across the UK would raise more cash and generate wide publicity, and others believe a carbon copy of the Blackpool convoy would be the safest option. Other cities which have been discussed include Birmingham, London, Edinburgh and Brighton. Have your say below on how the 2011 event should develop. Register your interest at...

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Operators urged not to panic over new PSV rules

Thousands of letters and emails have been issued to Public Service Vehicle operators across the UK to warn of new rules which could change the face of the UK’s industry. The Vehicle Operator and Services Authority has released details of the latest legislation which forces any operator running vehicles with eight seats or less to get licensed by their local authority. The notices are also telling businesses, “If you do not intend to operate vehicles under your public service vehicle operator’s licence, you should request that the licence be surrendered.” Although the ruling is not being enforced at the moment, VOSA officials are expected to be making extra checks at roadside crackdowns to ensure the vehicle is registered in the future. According to the National Limousine and Chauffeur Association, around a hundred or more local authorities are laying down impossible regulations when it comes to licensing small vehicles and many still do not cater for the limousine sector. It is not just limousines which will be effected by the new rules as thousands of airport transfer operators which are licensed under the Traffic Commissioner will also have to be recognised under Private Hire regulations. The NLCA has worked alongside the Traffic Commissioner to develop a scheme which will apparently allow chauffeurs and limousine operators to continue to trade under their current licenses – according to Chairman Peter Wright. Mr Wright told thechauffeur.com; “We are urging operators not to panic over the letters which are being sent to all PSV operators throughout the UK. This is something we have worked hard to achieve alongside the Traffic Commissioner, and the industry must be aware that there is no need to make drastic decisions about their businesses at this time.” He added; “Every operator who may be affected should attend our meeting in Birmingham on 10th November. This is the a great chance to find out how the NLCA can make sure every operator in the country can continue to run their businesses under the new legislation.” The meeting is to take place at the Holiday Inn, NEC, Birmingham on 10th November 2010 at 19:30. Pictured: Peter Wright, Chairman of National Limousine and Chauffeur Association. Reference: http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/regional/taxis/stretchlimousines.pdf If you are in doubt as to whether you can use your small vehicle under your PSV operator’s licence you should contact VOSA on 0300 123 9000 or at psv.selfservice@vosa.gov.uk or seek independent legal advice. Operators can also discuss the requirements with the Confederation of Passenger Transport 3rd Floor, Drury House, 34-43 Russell Street, London WC2B 5HA. Tel: 020 7240 3131. Alternatively operators of limousine and novelty vehicles can contact the National Limousine and Chauffeur...

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LUXGEN reveals limo luxury business model
Oct22

LUXGEN reveals limo luxury business model

LUXGEN has unveiled a brand new flagship vehicle – the LUXGEN7 CEO, with peerless amount of space, luxury, comfort, isolation, technology and refinement. The understated and elegant exterior design radiates a sense of discreet luxury and yet fully inherits the LUXGEN’s brand spirit. The signature wing-shaped radiator grille echoes the “Wings of Intelligence” design philosophy, while the exclusive chromed egg crate grille imposes a strong stance and class. In addition, the chrome-plated body side trims emphasise the vehicle’s flowing lines and create a visual focus point that denotes the CEO apart in an understated manner. To match the prestige image of LUXGEN7 CEO, the sophisticated alloy wheel with seven split spokes and two-split layout is adopted to signify the car’s distinguished taste. On the rear of LUXGEN7 CEO, a “ROYALOUNGE” emblem is attached to epitomise the prominence of the owner as well as the majestic vehicle itself. At the moment of opening LUXGEN7 CEO’s powered sliding door, passengers are invited to enter a whole new world, as the centre partition divider separates the rear cabin resembling that of a private business jet. With the centre divider raised, the rear cabin becomes entirely isolated and an in-vehicle intercom system is provided for communication to the driver on demand. Moreover, the tinted privacy windows surround the rear cabin, and electronically operated window curtains are standard to allow total privacy protection for the passengers. The rear cabin LED ambient lights and two Ottoman seats covered in rich Nappa leather guarantees each, the Ottoman seats come with pneumatic massage function, cushion ventilation and heated seatbacks to offer total comfort and relaxation. More than that, the rear cabin of LUXGEN7 CEO incorporates an independent rear cabin climate control system and an independent air circulation function to constantly supply fresh air for the prestigious passengers to enjoy. LUXGEN7 CEO has an integrated cinema-grade media entertainment system equipped with hi-fi JBL speakers for incredible listening experience. Moreover, the viewing angle of the 10.2-inch LCD screen located above the centre partition divider can be easily adjusted remotely. The interior of LUXGEN7 CEO resembles a luxurious business suite. For instance, the folding table located stored in the centre armrest can be extended with a push on the button, and is designed to support a laptop computer. Its magnificent walnut wood grain and metal trims contribute to the cabin’s all-round lavishness. For the convenience of top executives to carry luggage, briefcases or other personal belongings, the space under the centre divider is dedicated to hold books, magazines and other small items. In addition, an elastic strap is also provided for securing briefcases or personal luggage when the vehicle is...

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