Industry leader Scott Solombrino calls the measure ‘crazy’ and a ‘crisis’ for luxury transportation operators.
During the past six months, I had the good fortune to hitch various limousine company rides in a variety of sedans, taking note of the specific vehicle, condition, amenities, and most importantly, chauffeur service and professionalism. I was transported in a Lincoln MKT Town Car and Navigator, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Tahoe, Tesla Model S, and a classic long-in-the tooth Town Car Executive L that still held its own.
My experiences led me to write an article in the August issue, “Still Searching For the Perfect Limo Sedan” that queried operators to find out what vehicles they are adding — or considering adding — since the demise of the Town Car. As you will read, not a lot of happy campers. But back to my experiences.
I’m tall, so 90% of vehicles are a tight fit, so I’m conditioned for cramped quarters and various head and knee dings. Of course, I am in good shape in a large SUV or stretch, so that is always a plus for six-foot-plus folks. But what I realized during my travels, regardless of the rear-seat comfort, was that the professional chauffeur service I received more than made up for any issues with head or legroom.
Here are some observations:
I think about my professional chauffeured experiences every time I write about Uber or Lyft and realize the TNCs can’t match their service and professionalism and that is our industry’s competitive advantage.
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