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Investigation reveals: Limo, Chauffeur car and Cab clocking is ‘putting lives at risk’

At Limo Broker we are all about fair practice, going to great lengths to adhere to transport and hire regulation. Being such a heavy-regulated industry ill practice is normally uncovered pretty quickly, putting the consumer at the forefront of the way in which we work. However, a new investigation carried out by Automotive experts HPI and consumer group LicensedTransportUncovered.com has shown otherwise, proving that the practice of ‘clocking’ is very much present in today’s private hire industry.

Clocking refers to the practice of manually taking miles off of a vehicle’s odometer, making it look less worked than it actually is. With the introduction of eclectic-focused cars we would have thought this to be more difficult in modern times, however, it is a problem of today that brings with it a string of dangers.

Chris Hargreaves, of LTU, said:

Clocking within the private hire, minicab and chauffeur industry has reached epidemic proportions and something needs to be done to prevent this unscrupulous practice before a real tragedy happens.

Testing anonymously the two investigators were shocked to see just how many limos, taxis and private chauffeur cars were posing danger to its passengers, being a completely different car on paper to the reality shown under the bonnet.

The 330 clocked cars we found had about 80 million miles removed but that was just in the north west of England. UK-wide it’s safe to say that hundreds of millions of miles must have been wiped out thanks to clocking Hargreaves continued.

While associated with rogue traders this investigation saw many reputable companies within the space with tampered fleets.

he added; “It’s truly shocking to discover that reputable leasing companies are giving out lease agreements to the industry based on as little as 10,000 miles per year – 27.3 miles per day! Surely neither the vehicle manufacturers nor the leasing companies have to be in the industry to see the warning signs. In most local authority districts a licensed vehicle has to be doing at least 1,000 miles a week to make any money. So, why is any lease deal being done for less than, say, 50,000 miles per year? If any thought was given to these transactions, the ridiculously low mileage lease deals would never be signed up in the first place.”

The sales market

As well as ensuring vehicle owners are paying less for maintenance changing the number of miles on a vehicle also gives way to high asking prices, allowing traders to sell taxis, limos and chauffeur cars for more than they are worth.

Barry Shorto, Head of Industry Relations at Cap HPI, said:

“Our valuation data conclusively shows the potential cost to dealers and motorists of the clocking problem. With clockers able to add thousands of pounds onto the value of a car, unsuspecting buyers stand to lose out, as do dealers. That’s why we advise retailers and consumers alike to conduct a vehicle history check to spot a mileage discrepancy before they buy.”

He added;

“It can be almost impossible to tell a clocked vehicle just by looking at it, which makes a vehicle history check an even more vital form of protection for buyers. A clocked vehicle could be hiding serious levels of wear and tear, especially if it has been previously used as a high mileage private hire vehicle for a couple of years, meaning the additional cost of unexpected repairs or even a potentially serious safety threat to driver, passengers and other road users. An HPI Check can help protect consumers from buying a vehicle with something to hide, saving them cash and keeping them safe.”

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Addison Lee buys Tristar Worldwide in £50m deal

With the news of Brexit threatening the idea of cross-boarder business ventures it appears UK hire firm, Addison Lee, refuse to play to predictions, today making a bolt business move that will change the hire market for the better.

Addison Lee has today released the news that they have purchased Tristar Worldwide for £50 million, forming Europe’s largest executive car service. Both focused at the higher end of the market this partnership is a corporate marriage that just makes sense, one that will no doubt continue to expand.

Addison Lee chief executive officer Andy Boland said: “This is a major landmark for our business. Coming together with Tristar means our shared ethos and commitment to quality, service and reliability can be expanded globally.”

Whilst many commentators suggested that the introduction of Uber could possibly affect the longevity of the traditionally London-based business it appears to have fought back, now set to operate in the US, Asia and continental Europe. Launching a new app that is now in use in Edinburgh, Liverpool and Cambridge could Uber have given the firm the boost they needed to branch out?

“Working with our partners, we will have a presence in 25 UK cities by the end of the year.” Boland continued.

5,000 –strong fleet

The combined Addison Lee-Tristar fleet now exists as Europe’s largest car service operator, supported by a workforce of 800 individuals.

Boland said: “There will be significant growth in the executive car market following the 15% jump in volumes we saw in 2015. With Tristar, we will be able to take our service to the next level and into new markets around the world.”

Let us know what you think, was this a great move by Addison Lee? Let us know what you think.

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Bentley Bentayga Set to Dominate 2016 Car Sales Market

As one of the world’s ultimate prestige brands Bentley never compromise on perfection, renowned for creating mechanical masterpieces. This month they have teased us with the Bentley Bentayga, a car that strikes a chord with us here at Limo Broker.

The SUV markets itself as an off-roading monster, a car that combines the beauty of Bentley design with an aggressive approach to speed and ability. Echoing the sentiment of the increasingly popular Audi Q7 the SUV is set to take a front seat in 2016 car sales.

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Daniel Ford, Sales Manager at Limo Broker understands the need for such an alternative design focus.

‘Nowadays people are looking for vehicles that tick all the boxes, demanding attractiveness and aggression simultaneously. This is why we ate Limo Broker are extending out vehicle range to include sizeable vehicles of this nature, catering to the UK’s ever-changing style’.

Encouraging an influx of reviews the Bentayga has passed the British car test with aplomb, with bloggers, reviewers and test-drivers all hailing the new Bentley model a resounding success.

Experience

Put in the safe hands of the Telegraph’s reviewers, the car seemed to go down a storm, with the publication heavily endorsing its features.

‘From behind the wheel, the Bentley feels every bit as accomplished and adaptable as you could wish. Eight driving modes – four on-road, four off-road – ensure it can cope with aplomb over any terrain by subtly altering engine response, air-suspension settings, active anti-roll bars and everything in between.’

Price

With a starting price of £160,000 Bentley certainly have their sights set on the higher end of the market, attracting those that want to be seen in the latest addition to the Bentley fleet.

Let us know what you think, could you pay £160,000 for a basic version of the Bentayga? Leave your comments below.

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Thandi Coaches Invest in New Starline Limos Bus

Of late we have seen many companies across the country investing the new and innovative vehicles, with the hire market being in a period of dramatic change. People are now looking for more extravagant vehicles than your standard limousine or chauffeur car, with party bus rental now reigning supreme.

For this reason coach operator, Thandi coaches, have this week invested in an all-singing, all-dancing party bus, entering a completely new market with their business.

Claiming to be in a ‘spell of expansion’ the owner believes the Starline is just what the area needs, giving people an exciting alternative for birthdays, hen and stag dos, weddings, proms and many other occasions.

‘We are extremely excited about receiving our party bus. This has been a market in which we have been looking into for a few years and with the launch of the Starline the time just felt right’ claims Avi of Thandi Coaches.

Working with Limo Broker

Thandi Coaches will now be working closely with Limo Broker to get these vehicles amongst their potential customers, going to great lengths to share this unique vehicle with as many people as possible.

‘We are incredibly excited to be working with Thandi and spreading the news of their new purchase’ says Daniel Ford, Sales manager at Limo Broker.

‘Birmingham and the surrounding areas have been craving for something like this to hit the roads and we certainly look forward to getting the Starline out on the road’.

Bespoke built 

Although each Straline comes with standard features including televisions, luxury interior and Wi-Fi Thandi coaches also had their say in the way they wanted the vehicle, choosing to adorn the bus in Nero black paint, a colour that Starline are keen to work with again.

‘With such a great finish it is no wonder brands such as Ferrari tend to work with it, rally standing out when on the road’.

Hire a Starline Limo Bus

If you are interested in learning more about buying or hiring a Starline Limo Bus then get in touch today and allow us to help get the ball rolling.

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Midlands Firm Left Devastated As Arsonists Destroy Luxury Car Fleet Worth £750,000

 

As luxury car owners ourselves we understand the need to keep high value cars in pristine condition, ensuring the interior and exterior is impeccably presented to our customers.

This is why we can empathise with the terrible ordeal West Midlands operator experienced this weekend, witnessing their vehicles being burnt in a dreadful arson attack.

Known for operating a stunning fleet of high-end vehicles the business is now in an unstable state, loosing their Rolls Royce Phantom, Ghost, Lamborghini Aventador and their Bentley in the early hours of Friday morning. Seeing their prized possessions completely destroyed they did manage to save one vehicle, the company Hummer, just having to repair the smoke damage caused to the exterior.

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An fire of epic proportion

With flames engulfing the cars the police had no choice but to close the roads that surrounded the 150 square metre one-storey building, with 40 firefighters braving their lives to settle the inferno. With 18 men wearing breathing apparatus they used three hose reel jets and foam to bring the blaze under control, but unfortunately the majority of the cars could not be saved.

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£20,000 reward

With such incidents harming both finances as well as morale it is understandable why this luxury hire boss is desperate to find those responsible, offering a healthy sum of £20,000 to anyone who can help the police with their investigation.

A devastated workforce

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The company boss, Zafron Hussain, is extremely concerned about the future of his business, with his cars being off the road, not being able to chauffeur customers or be hired out.

He said:

‘I have no idea who has done this as we’re a successful business and get on with everyone.

‘I don’t know if we were deliberately targeted or if it was yobs messing around.

‘We cannot operate from these premises because of the damage and it will take months for the insurance claim to be sorted out.

‘I don’t know what we’re going to do about operating the business.

Another senior employee, Hassim Amrid, said it:

‘was not a pleasant sight’ when he arrived at the premises as firefighters tackled the blaze.

He added: ‘The Lamborghini, which was carbon fibre and valued at £330,000, was totally melted.

‘The Ghost, £260,000 and the Phantom, £150,000, were melted too.’

If you know anything about the awful ordeal then be sure to share the information with the West Midlands Police.