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Rolls Royce Cullinan makes its debut

As you know, here at Limo Broker, we have a mild obsession with the Rolls Royce brand; a car manufacturer that places luxuriousness as a priority. Mirroring their passion for exquisite cars, we were thrilled to hear the latest news from Rolls Royce. According to sources, the Rolls Royce Cullinan has officially launched! Receiving rave reviews for both its cabin and exterior design, we take a closer look at what the British carmakers have achieved with their latest creation. Targeted at the “younger, very successful high-net-worth individuals who are heavily engaged in the experience economy”, we were not disappointed!

Rolls Royce’ first SUV

Having been working on the Cullinan for over three years, this car has been much-anticipated, being the first SUV the company has created. While a new direction for Rolls Royce, many say the car follows in the footsteps of the glorious Rolls Royce Phantom. From its large grille to its high hood and clean lines; are we witnessing the rebirth of the Phantom? Well, according to many car critics, absolutely.

Exterior

When it comes to the view from the outside, Rolls Royce has ticked every box, extending that tone of opulence to a hatchback. Whilst compact and neat, the car somehow still boasts a strong, iconic presence when out on the road. Fully equipped with the raised Spirit of Ecstasy, this car is quintessentially British.

The cabin

Climb inside this tremendous car and you unlock a whole world of gizmos and gadgets, with the Cullinan showcasing a cabin fit for royalty. From its bench-style seating to its in-cabin bar with stunning whiskey glasses, Rolls Royce have thought of everything.

Another feature critics are eager to put under the spotlight is the infotainment system; a top-of-the-range piece of kit that can be controlled by the SoE badge on the steering wheel.

Hire a Rolls Royce

While we are yet to get our hands on the Cullinan, we do enjoy a vast fleet of Rolls Royce cars available for hire. If you are a lover of luxury cars, be sure to browse our vehicle catalogue.

Kim Jong Un’s limousine branded a ‘portable-potty’

It’s been a huge week for high-profile limousines, with many details emerging over what both Donald Trump and Vladmir Putin can expect from their new rides. Now, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un joins the race, unveiling his spectacular limousine. Surrounded by 12 bodyguards (on foot), the limousine was rather hard to miss!

Basic requests

Whilst Trump is renowned for his lavish tastes (once sporting a gold limousine), it appears that Jong Un’s requests are far more basic; an in-cabin toilet.

“There are multiple vehicles within the convoy so that people cannot tell which one he is in, and there is a separate car that acts as his restroom” a source confirms.

Apparently, the leader requires a secret restroom everywhere he goes. Though a bit of an unusual feature, when you apply some logic, it makes sense. Being a busy individual that travels a great deal, having a toilet to hand is a good idea. But, did you know that he requests his own toilet no matter how he travels? This goes for air travel as well as trains and limos.

But, is there something more to this? Well, according to many, the president having his own toilet in his limo is about control, knowing exactly where the toilet’s contents is going and, in whose hands (pardon the imagery). Some believe that the toilet is to stop foreign intelligence operatives from gaining access to his excrement, not being able to determine the state of his health.

“If true, it really speaks to the paranoia of the North Korean regime,” Bongino, a Former U.S. Secret Service agent says.

Where a great deal of focus has been placed on the potty, we at Limo Broker cannot deny the good looks of the car. Opting for another sleek, black Mercedes-Benz, the car is stunning and surprisingly understated for such a powerful man.

Let us know what you think about the Potty Limo by leaving your comments with us.

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Would you hire a limo to take your baby home from hospital?

According to Baby Centre there is a new baby craze sweeping America, seeing mums and dads hire stretched limos to take their babies home from the hospital. Thought to be one of the most memorable occasions of your lifetime we at Limo Broker can understand why the limo firms of the country are offering such packages, something that is being heavily promoted across the country.

One chauffeur service, White Diamond Limousine, recently posted the following advert:

“Your new baby brings an excitement like few things in your life. Amid all the stress and exhaustion, why not let White Diamond Limousine help you celebrate one of the most blessed events in your life by providing a luxurious and safe ride home from the hospital. Looking for a unique gift for the new parents? What could be better than bringing the new, happy family home in style and comfort?”

Focusing on the stress of getting the baby back to the family home there is certainly room in the market for this, adding a bit of glamour and celebration to what is traditionally a very private occasion.

Advantages of limo hire

Being slightly persuaded by the American industry’s passion we have been talked round, with the following advantages being the reason why:

•Both parents can focus on the baby rather than the road

•Limos are spacious enough to fit all of the bags, holders and other luggage in

•Hiring a limo marks the moment with a celebratory journey

•It’s cheap way of passing the responsibility of driving to someone else

•A limo provides enough space for other family members to share the moment with the parents.

Whilst regarded as one of the most magical experiences is this a little excessive or a tremendous idea worth adopting here in the UK? Leave your thoughts with us.

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Glasgow private hire drivers kept under close watch for pirating

While the private hire industry has forever been under close watch it seems that Glasgow are really feeling the wrath of the law this year, with the council rolling out a scheme to sniff out those ‘pirating’ on the roads of the city.

Referring to the practice of picking up a passenger that hasn’t booked the council believe private hire drivers are stepping on cabbies’ toes, not working under the conditions of their licence. With only taxi drivers permitted to pick up those hailing a cab at the roadside the council has reported a huge increase in complaints made, with over half of the complaints to the council regarding transport being on the subject of pirating.

Mystery shoppers   

Reportedly sending mystery shoppers out on the streets to catch chauffeur and limo drivers out we are yet to see a report that displays ill practice, suggesting healthy working conditions in city transport.

Claiming to be rolling out this scheme purely to keep passengers out of danger Chairman of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee, Councillor Frank Docherty said:

“Pirate drivers put passenger safety at risk. Like the pirates of old, these drivers are only interested in making a quick buck and to hell with the consequences.The council has a very active taxi enforcement team, but they can’t be everywhere all at once. Unfortunately the drivers who end up in front of the committee may only be the tip of the iceberg.”

“Introducing the mystery shopper scheme will protect both passengers and the legitimate drivers who play fairly and squarely by the rules.”

Have your say 

If you are a Glasgow cabbie, limo or chauffeur driver then have your say on this subject by leaving your comments below. As an issue that affects the industry as a whole it is important that a resolution is arrived at.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

 

 

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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.”

Share your opinions on clocking

We would love to know more about what you think on the subject of clocking. To join in on the debate leave your opinions below.