Starting a Chauffeur Hire Business

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: January 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Chauffeur hire services provide chauffeured luxury vehicles for clients including business travellers, government employees, celebrities and hotel guests, and wealthy private clients. Typical commercial clients include corporate travel management firms, central and local government departments, entertainment agencies and hospitality providers. A chauffeur hire service differentiates itself from similar service providers, such as private hire and special event hire services, by engaging uniformed chauffeurs who are impeccably presented and can be relied upon to respect clients' privacy and observe strict protocols relating to etiquette, confidentiality and security.

Many chauffeur hire services also provide chauffeured limousines and vintage cars for a range of occasions, including weddings, school proms, concerts and sporting events. Some chauffeur hire services provide chauffeurs to drive vehicles owned by the client (a 'chauffeur only' service), such as a hotel proprietor who requires cover for an in-house chauffeur.

A chauffeur hire service must be licensed as a private hire vehicle (PHV) service. Exact licensing requirements vary according to where in the UK the service operates, although separate licences are usually required for service proprietors, individual chauffeurs and individual vehicles.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a chauffeur hire service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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