OK, so you are getting ready to go out to dinner
Or maybe to the airport for a fun trip to Europe
Or maybe simply for a night out on the town
As you get into the car that is picking you up….would you like to know that the driver is a “professional?”
Or does it matter if the driver is simply a “casual” driver who thought to themselves one day…..”I can do this” and signed up and put their own personal car on the road.
Remember….you have hired this car and driver for transportation and you are paying for it.
Your intention was not to hire a technology service.
One of the ride-share companies out there states that they……”are a technology company, not a transportation service.” This is so they can avoid proper licensing.
Hmmmmmm……so what is the mindset there….do they really care about your transportation and safety?
Please look closely at the photo above of the Executive Towncar I drive for BATS. You will see displayed 3 stickers on the rear windshield showing the licensing for our service area. This is important.
In our area here in Pinellas County and Hillsborough County FL, if you do not see these stickers, then the car you hired is not licensed. In our area, If the driver does not or cannot present to you their badge from the City of St. Petersburg for Pinellas County showing they are licensed and had their background checked by the St. Petersburg Police and/or their badge from the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission showing his/her Public Vehicle Drivers License and therefore having their level 2 background checked and approved by the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Department……
Then simply……they are not licensed and approved. Period.
First, let me say that I understand and realize that there are many professional drivers now driving for ride-share companies. However, there are also very many “casual” drivers doing the same.
My worry here is that the “casual” driver may not know what they are getting themselves into. Especially in real busy markets.
You need to know the road so to speak. The ins and outs, where the problems usually develop and what areas to avoid because they are heavy potentials for problems on the roads.
Professionals drive the roads every day…..professionally.
There is a different “mindset” to the professional driver opposed to the “casual” driver.
I am not saying that a professional driver is perfect, we all are human. I also am not saying that a “background check” makes a perfect driver either.
What I am saying is that both of those do increase your odds of being safe and having a pleasant ride.
In addition, with a “professional” driver you typically have more accountability and honestly that is the best feature for you the passengers safety.
Also, please keep this in mind…..
The local public transit commissions have inspections for a purpose….one of those is to ensure the transportation companies…the ones who are properly licensed that is….are safe. If they do not show their certified mechanics inspection they do not receive their permit sticker and they do not go on the road. Period.
If you are hiring a car service that is much cheaper than anyone else….what do you think that means?
It means that driver who owns that car…his/her personal car is also making less money, in many cases much less money. The driver needs to make an income. Isn’t it ok if he/she makes a decent income? Or would you like them to barely be squeaking by?
THAT…makes it difficult for that driver to keep their car up to par.
You took that service because they were cheaper…..what do you think that driver is going to do when he/she gets money in their bank? Put food on the table and pay their rent….or maintain their car?
My bottom line here is…go with and ride with anyone you choose of course…anyone who fits your needs.
But remember, you are handing them the keys to you and your families, friends or clients safety.
Hire and go with a professional
Thank you, Lance Greene
Professional Driver for BATS Taxi & Towncar Service, St. Pete Beach FL
****The opinions here are of mine only and do not reflect the opinions or beliefs of BATS Taxi & Towncar Service.
***What makes me a professional you are asking? Ohhhh yes I can hear you asking it now…:)
I have been a taxi driver in 2 different states, a taxi owner, a stretch limousine company driver/owner, tractor-trailer/lowboy driver hauling heavy construction machinery across 5 states, a city bus operator as a mechanic, and a school bus driver for special needs kids and now a driver with BATS for almost one year here in Florida. I am 55. I have driven professionally most of my adult life.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.