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The future of the chauffeur, limousine and private hire industries which are responsible for generating millions of pounds in the economy is in the spotlight during the industry’s biggest trade event this month.
A host of exclusive seminars will hear from a range of industry experts who will talk on issues such as how to get finance during the downturn, the future of the stretch limousine market and workshops designed to be a helping hand into the industry will be held at Drive ’09 – The Professional Driver’s Event on September 26 and 27th.
Like many other categories, the recession has made it difficult for operators to expand their businesses, however the world’s largest car manufacturers are supporting the event which is to host a number of UK debuts including the all-new Jaguar XJ, Mercedes-Benz facelift S-Class, BMW 530d Gran Turismo, Lexus RX450h and LS600hL along with the recently announced Porsche Panamera.
Other issues which are to be tackled is the use of the bus lanes in London by Private Hire drivers. A specially formed ‘Bus Lane Committee’ will host a discussion forum about its plans and will launch a campaign video which is designed to highlight issues faced by the capitals operators.
Funding issues for new businesses will also be in the spotlight, as well as a presentation by The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) with vital advice on new limousine laws, the agency will also be educating current owners of how to stay legal and avoid prosecution.
For the first time, visitors will be able to test all the latest automotive hardware in a controlled environment on an exclusive test track at the Transport Research Laboratory. Audi, Citroen, Renault, Skoda and Toyota have just announced their attendance and in all, over 40 vehicles will be available to drive on track.
Thousands of trade members are expected to visit Drive ’09 – The Professional Drivers Event when it is opened at the Transport Research Laboratory in Berkshire on 26th and 27th September 2009.
Members of the trades can attend the event for free, but are encouraged to pre-register via the official website at drive09.co.uk to avoid a charge on the gate. Alternatively, visitors can call 0844 545 0063 to register.
Visitors can also be in with the chance of winning £500 of free fuel when they attend, or even win an exclusive BMW racing day.

Founder and editor of The Chauffeur magazine in 2003, Paul has worked in the media industry since he left college at 17 years old. Starting off in newspapers, he soon developed into local and then national radio stations including BBC, Capital and ITN. Paul is now a BBC Independent Producer and runs the Sussex Press Agency which provides journalism services, video production and PR. On top of this, he continues to run thechauffeur.com, a dedicated news and review website for the UK’s chauffeur and limousine industry.

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