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.
BATS Taxi has an Executive Towncar division!
BAY AREA TOWNCAR SERVICE (BATS)
The Taxi service you have come to know & trust for quality & reliability in Pinellas County also has an Executive Town Car service for over 10 years with professionally licensed Chauffeurs. We are licensed in and serve both Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. Our Chauffeurs are properly licensed with Level 2 backgrounds checked by the appropriate local authorities.
Bay Area Town Car Service (BATS) can take your clients/customers anywhere. We do much more than simply Airport Transportation.
At BATS we can handle your taxi AND Towncar needs. At BATS we have professionally maintained vehicles by our in-house certified mechanics. We have a fleet of Taxi’s, Luxury Lincoln Town Cars, Full Sized Chevrolet Suburbans and 1 lonely Ford Flex Sedan. Seating of 1-7 passengers is available comfortably.
We are “Simply An Elegant Way To Travel” to Special Events, Weddings, Sports Events, Concerts, Dinners out like Bern’s Steak House, The Salt Rock Grill, The Straz Center, Amalie Arena and more.
BATS TOWNCAR SERVICE has flat rates for Corporate Accounts, Point A to Point B drops and returns including the airports.
Please give us a call to reserve an Executive Town Car Today!
BATS TOWNCAR LINE: (727)-360-2820
You May Also Call Me (Lance Greene) Direct on my Cell: 727-288-1545
BATS TAXI: (727)-367-3702
First. There is nothing wrong with Taxis and there is nothing wrong with Towncars
Taxi’s provide a valuable, legitimate service and Towncars provide the extra level of service
BOTH are very needed and sought after
If you are used to taking a taxi at Taxi prices and then find yourself in a Towncar you need to understand that you “should” pay the Towncar price
However there are many times when the Towncar service might say….”Ok, we will give you the Taxi rate”
When this occurs you are asking the Towncar driver and the company to lessen his or hers income….
In order to keep both great drivers and great cars on the street the income is necessary
Isn’t that what you want?
Yesterday, 5-9-2015 came full circle for me
It has been a good number of years since I owned my own limousine service and was bringing clients to and picking them up from their private planes.
Yesterday was a beautiful day here in the St. Petersburg, Florida area and I once again got to bring a client to their airplane for their trip home.
It was an awesome way to start the day.
A great deal of fun for me.
It told me once again, that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing.
Book today to enjoy a safe and comfortable ride to the Rolling Stones Concert in Orlando at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.
Concert is Friday June 12th, 2015 @ 8:00pm!
Call now and reserve!
Lance Greene – BATS Towncar #7
Yesterday 4-15-2015 my customers went to Cafe Dufrain and The Who Concert in Tampa FL.
They had a blast at both. They had not been to Cafe Dufrain and neither had I. The menu looked excellent and they stated it was indeed excellent. I will have to take my wife there sometime soon.
They also said The Who came through with an awesome concert playing almost 3 hours. They played all their popular songs and had cool graphics on the jumbo screens. Roger Daltry and Mr. Pete Townsend and their drummer Zak Starkey did not disappoint bringing the intensity one would expect from The Who.
Zak Starkey, is Ringo Starr’s son…Ringo Starr was one of Kieth Moon’s closest friends (Mr Moon was The Who’s original drummer). Kieth Moon gave Zak Starkey a drum kit at the age of 8 and referred to Kieth Moon as “Uncle Kieth.” Wikipedia article >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zak_Starkey
I am 55 and a former drummer. I fashioned my drumming style after Mr Kieth Moon and I never knew this about Zak Starkey….it is very cool for me. I thank my customer last night for peaking my interest as she told me she thought Zak Starkey was Mr. Ringo Starr’s son and that he was awesome on his drum kit. Here is a photo of Mr Starkey on stage with Mr. Roger Daltry.
When I picked my customer up at the end of the night I asked if she needed any cold beverages….her response was…..no thank you, I am happy and she proceeed to tell me about the night and how great it was.
My night was also
I went to pick up one of my regular customers at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa FL the other night at about 1:00am. I had not been there in a while and it was fun to see the beauty of the facility. The throngs of people coming and going never ceases to amaze me.
It was a fun night driving!
Call me for a ride! :)
Ok, so I just cannot help myself……..a customer I picked up the other day was “pranked” and sent me the video from YouTube……They asked her to help them find the Salami Festival at the corners of Long and Hard! lololol……the way she told the story was hilarious! The video is funny but my customers telling of the prank on her was even more hilariously funny!
Here it is: https://youtu.be/O7veO19gOWc