Mercedes-Benz S-Class Maybach to appear at industry roadshow

The industry’s leading networking event will be hosting an array of luxury vehicles at the forthcoming LPHCA roadshow event at Heathrow. It’s been confirmed the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Maybach will be showcased alongside a range of other stunning Mercedes vehicles such as the C-Class Estate, V-Class and a super-quick AMG GT. Also in the line-up will be Volvo’s XC90 SUV which has recently received a long list of awards. The roadshow hosted by the Licensed Private Hire Association will be held at the Marriott Hotel at Heathrow on Thursday 1st October, and is open to all operators who pre-register for free. This year, the audience will hear from Peter Blake of Transport for London, who is responsible of licensing London’s Taxi and PHV Industry. He will be covering the proposed new Taxi & Private Hire Vehicle regulations for London. Alongside the presentations will be trade stands, vehicle displays and the chance to network with like-minded industry professionals. To pre-register for the event FREE, click here. Other Stories… LPHCA to reveal app based service at roadshow...

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Chauffeur team get on their bikes for Charity Challenge
Sep23

Chauffeur team get on their bikes for Charity Challenge

Staff from Scotland’s leading chauffeur drive company switched luxury cars for bicycles all in the name of charity. The 7 strong team from Little’s in Glasgow joined the 52 mile, Five Ferries Challenge, raising £3600 for their long standing charity partner, The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow. Their effort is part of Little’s involvement with the 50/10 Club – a group of 50 Glasgow businesses each committed to raising £10,000 to build the atrium of the charity’s new hospice, scheduled to be built in Bellahouston Park in the next few years. The Little’s Five Ferries Challenge team (pictured), which included Operations Director Kenneth Good and Operations Manager Robert McKenna, set off from Ardrossan in the early morning, taking their first ferry across to Arran for a 14 mile cycle to the north west of the island. They continued to cycle and sail their way through the Mull of Kintyre, Tarbert, Loch Fyne, Portvadie, Kyles of Bute and Rothesay before taking their fifth and final ferry back to Wemyss Bay. This strenuous route encompassed a range of challenging hills with the team racing to keep pace and catch all five ferries on time – so the Little’s team was delighted to complete the course and see their charity fund move closer to the 10k target. Little’s Managing Director Heather Matthews commented: ‘Giving back to our local community is ingrained in Little’s company values, and The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice is a very worthwhile charity that we have supported over the past 20 years. As members of the 50 / 10 Club, we are committed to reaching our 10k target and we are very proud of the efforts of our Five Ferries Challenge cyclists and their great team work throughout the event. Well done to all...

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Watch: BMW showcases features in the new 7-Series

A video has been published by BMW with extended information on the new features chauffeurs can expect to see in the new 7-Series when it goes on sale next month (October 15). Gesture control, voice recognition, remote control parking and features of the Executive Lounge seating are all highlighted in the film. Watch the film...

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Jaguar F-PACE has chauffeurs favourite E-Class in sights.
Sep15

Jaguar F-PACE has chauffeurs favourite E-Class in sights.

Jaguar has revealed its first ever stunning crossover vehicle at the Frankfurt motor show and with an impressive list of equipment, low purchase price and technology, it could potentially shake-up the premium end of the UK’s chauffeur market. The F-PACE is a lightweight performance SUV with striking looks and outstanding figures when it comes to economy and spec levels – it can now be ordered from just under £35,000! So, could the new cat be a direct competitor to the chauffeurs favourite – the Mercedes-Benz E-Class? Already, the F-PACE lists numerous features which could attract chauffeur customers such as ‘class-leading’ rear knee-room, heated electrically-reclining rear seats, 650 litres of boot space (160 litres more than an E-Class), 2,874mm wheelbase (same as E-Class) and a vehicle length of 4.7m, just 500mm short of an XJ. The Intelligent Driveline Dynamics system preserves rear-wheel drive performance and handling but can transfer up to 50 per cent torque to the front wheels on all surfaces and in all weathers. Using technology from Land Rover, the F-PACE offers Adaptive Surface Response which identifies the type of surface and optimises the mapping of the powertrain and Dynamic Stability Control system. It includes an extra mode designed for driving in deep snow and gravel. Already popular in the chauffeur world is the stunning 3.0 V6 Jaguar powerplant. In the F-PACE, it has been developed to produce 700Nm whilst returning 159g/km and an impressive 47.1mpg. Although these figures make impressive reading on paper, the truth will be in the ride quality and interior material qualities of the F-PACE. These will be paramount if it intends to challenge the likes of the E-Class which already has a huge, loyal following. Jaguar told TheChauffeur.com it’s too early to know if the F-PACE will be offered on the manufacturers Chauffeur Programme, but any details will be released as the Spring 2016 delivery dates get closer. [print_gllr...

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Ultra-luxury Bentley SUV to arrive early 2016
Sep14

Ultra-luxury Bentley SUV to arrive early 2016

Bentley has revealed full details of its super-luxury SUV limousine with W12 power and class-leading interior quality. The manufacturer says the 600 bhp Bentley Bentayga is the world’s most powerful and fastest SUV, and will make its full public debut at the IAA Frankfurt Show from tomorrow (15 September). Offering state-of-the-art four-wheel drive, the Bentayga not only offers clients acres of handcrafted wood and leather throughout the cabin, but also a new entertainment tablet – a removable 10.2” Android device with 4G, WiFi and Bluetooth for effortless, high-speed on-board connectivity. The four-seat configuration makes the ultimate statement in design, comfort and luxury. The two individual rear seats adjust in 18 different ways and include massage and ventilation functions as well as footrests. The veneered rear console hides additional functionality such as cup holders, generous storage areas and USB charging sockets. The standard palette alone comprises 17 exterior paint colours, with up to 90 hues available in the extended range. There are also 15 luxurious carpet options, seven different handcrafted veneers and 15 choices of interior trim hide, which means that customers are able to specify their own choice of luxury finish. In addition, customers can choose between a new range of bespoke Bentayga alloy wheels, ranging in size from 20” to 22”. At launch, the Bentayga is available with an exquisite integrated Mulliner Hamper Set, complete with cooler, bespoke fine Linley china cutlery, crockery and crystal glass, and storage area for dry goods. For comfort in the great outdoors, sections of the hamper can be removed and used as seats. The new W12 sees a 11.9% efficiency improvement compared to the existing powertrain. The Bentayga will also be available as diesel and hybrid variants in the future. [print_gllr...

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Illegal drivers prosecuted for taxi and private hire offences

Transport for London has successfully prosecuted a further fifteen drivers in the last two months (July – August), as part of its on-going crack-down on illegal taxi and private hire activity in the Capital. TfL’s TPH Compliance team carried out thousands of checks on licensed vehicles and driver licences across London to help keep the public safe and stamp out illegal TPH activity. They also undertake hundreds of investigations into complaints from customers and from the legitimate taxi and private hire trade. Some of the recent prosecution cases led by the TPH Compliance team are: Ian Vassell, 46, from Dagenham, was convicted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 21 August 2015. He was caught on Charterhouse Street illegally plying for hire, accepting a private hire (PH) booking without a PH operator’s licence and for using a car for PH use on a public road without the correct insurance, PH vehicle licence or PH driver’s licence. Vassell was found guilty of all five offences, fined a total of £330 and ordered to pay TfL’s legal costs of £500. He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months. Peter Emeka, 39, from Dagenham, was convicted at City of London Magistrates’ Court on 12 August 2015. He was caught on Charterhouse Street illegally accepting a PH booking without a PH operator’s licence, illegally plying for hire, using a car for PH use without a PH vehicle licence or PH driver’s licence, and using a car for PH use on a public road without the correct insurance. Emeka was found guilty of all five offences, fined a total of £800 and ordered to pay TfL’s legal costs of £360. He was also disqualified from driving for six months. Kwaku Yamoah Kesse, 59, from South East London, was convicted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 8 August 2015. He was caught on Clapham High Street illegally plying for hire, illegally accepting PH bookings and using a car for PH use on a public road without the correct insurance. He was found guilty of all three offences, fined a total of £1,210 and ordered to pay TfL’s legal costs of £500. He was also disqualified from driving for three months. Dosso Costea, 55, a taxi driver from East London, was convicted at Westminster Magistrates’ court on 22 July 2015. He was caught in central London working after the expiry of his driver’s licence and using a vehicle for passenger hire on a public road without the correct insurance. He was found guilty of both offences, fined a total of £550 and ordered to pay TfL’s legal costs of £150. His DVLA licence was also endorsed with six...

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