Real V.I.P. Service

Posted on November 1, 1991 by Donna Englander, staff writer

Every operator wants to treat his VIP clients special, but for Johnny Johnson, Sr. of Carey of Houston in Spring, TX, special just isn’t good enough. Every ride for Johnson’s VIPs must be perfect.

Bomb-sniffing dogs, Secret Service inspections are routine at Carey of Houston
Bomb-sniffing dogs, Secret Service inspections are routine at Carey of Houston

Johnson’s client list has included the Queen of England, president of Venezuela, the family of the president of Mexico, and the Japanese Embassy.

Preparing for VIPs of this caliber is no easy task. Before the client arrives Johnson and his staff meet with the local Consulate officers, local police, protocol officials. Secret Service, and any other people who might be involved.

These meetings cover everything from the logistics of parking at a private air terminal to security at the airport to the motorcade route.

“Then we meet with the local consulate office to get specific itineraries, names and other pertinent details. Here we submit all drivers’ names, driver license numbers, Social Security numbers, and pictures to security for clearance and badges. We also find out what specialty vehicles are needed — armor plate, 50-passenger buses, etc. In some instances we surrender the vehicles to the Secret Service who place them in a compound during the entire stay of the dignitary,” says Johnson.

After these initial meetings, Johnson hires a special coordinator who speaks the language and is familiar with the customs of the specific country. Another meeting will be held with this person and the Carey staff to discuss customs and protocol.

Also, during these preliminary meetings, “command centers” are set up either at the hotel or meeting place. From this location all vehicles and chauffeurs are dispatched. “During the Economic Summit, the Carey command center consisted of three Japanese and five Carey dispatchers working around the clock for five days straight dispatching almost 100 vehicles,” Johnson adds.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Turtle Top Minibus Shuttle Retains Immaculate Status

Vehicle Pick of the Week: If you’re in the market for a used vehicle that’s been treated right, this Ford F-550 is a candidate.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Thinks Smarter, Not Harder

Vehicle Review: The new version can self park, slow down automatically, and avoid crashes better than ever.

Cadillac CT6 Has Clever Surveillance Feature

Vehicle Review: Owners can use four of the vehicle's cameras as a built-in security system.

Chauffeurs Choice: Jaguar XJL Versus Audi A8L

Many find it difficult to decide between the two due to their cutting-edge styling and attractive chauffeur programs on offer.

1977 Town Car Was Largest Car On Domestic Market

The sales brochure sums it up: “Words can only suggest what the Lincoln Continental is. To really own this car, you have to drive it."

See More News

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (0)

Post a Comment



See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - March 2017 $12.95 INT'L LCT SHOW ISSUE COVER STORY: * Innovate or Die: Show To Be a Business "Disrupter" * *


Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment


Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close