We always present ourselves as professional chauffeurs, however sometimes your hear when some clients talk between each other "tell the cabby to do this and to do that" or " this is a nice taxi". You would think the fact that we always open the doors and wear a smart suit and tie and don't call them mate or guv would give them a clue.
London and the UK have many good well established chauffeur companies. To become a chauffeur you will need to make the decision whether to become self employed or employed. If you are self employed you will need to have a large amount of money to start you off. Running your own business can be very rewarding. However whether you are self employed or employed you will need to apply for a licence from your local authority. In London it is The Public Carriage Office, run by Transport for London or TFL. The application for a private hire licence involves a criminal record check, a topographical test and possibly a medical with your doctor. If you are self employed your can either remain a private hire licenced driver and sub contract to various chauffeur companies or become a private hire operator, giving you the opportunity to advertise your chauffeur business. You will also have to comply with the regulations set by your local authority.
The main outlay to setting up a chauffeur business is either purchasing or leasing the vehicle, normally there will be an age limit on the vehicle. Vehicle and business insurance, local authority licencing and vehicle maintenance. Most authorities insist on two MOT'S every year.
It is important to keep records of all of your bookings and be transparent in everything you do related to your chauffeur business.
If you become a chauffeur you will probably be working unsociable hours. Your clients will most likely be business and private clients and some hi- profile clients. Airport transfers, social events, business meetings and celebrations are typical chauffeur jobs you will encounter.
As a chauffeur you will need to be smart, professional, reliable and discreet. Grey or black Suit, white shirt and an appropriate tie with polished black shoes are standard requirements.
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