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Featuring the New Grech Motorbus for Optimal, Luxurious Traveling and Group Travel.

With group travels and longer distance rides, A & E Worldwide Limo based in Los Angeles, CA has just featured the newest, top of the line, GM 33 Luxury Bus for corporate travel, special events and occasions. Its capacity allows up to 28 passengers with rear luggage or 32 passengers without.

The interiors are immaculate with inviting leather seats and great leg space for each individual. It also hosts a LCD screen monitor for viewing during travel for long or short distances. Select models also feature a fully functional PA system and overhead speakers.

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Premier Grech Motorbus is the perfect choice for corporate and group travel.

Group Travel in Grech Motorbus.

Grech Interiors are of highest standards with leather seats and PA system,

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Luxury travel in Grech Motorbus for corporate traveling, group travels, to the Oscars or Grammys.

This spacious and sleek motorbus is pure luxury for group outings, corporate transportation, special events such as transportation for Grammys, group transportation for Oscars and Awards’ ceremonies.

Top Benefits of Riding this Motorbus:

  • Perfect for mid to large group size.
  • Reduces number of trips for large event shuttling, such as weddings, corporate events and awards ceremonies.
  • Perfect for tours that need a working PA system.
  • Works great for corporate road shows and presentations.
  • Outstanding options for long haul trips where flying multiple passengers is not a cost effective option.
  • A popular choice for professional and collegiate athletic teams.

Why Is this In Popular Demand?

This type of vehicle is in demand due to high-end clients that need to simplify large group transportation logistics. All passengers can be accounted for into one larger passenger vehicle as opposed to chartering multiple smaller vehicles. This is especially useful when all passengers are being picked up from and taken to the same destination.

Its also useful for corporate road shows where there are multiple stops along a hourly chartered itinerary and passengers need to engage and discuss business with each other in between each stop.

The vehicle is often used for large events with multiple passengers that need to be shuttled back and forth between event venue and accommodations. This works great for wedding parties and corporate events where selected groups can be loaded onboard and shuttled to their destination. In the meantime, the venue coordinator begins to organize the next group for transport and so on. This staggered manner of group transport is used to manage and optimize large group shuttling.

STANDARD FEATURES ON EVERY GRECH MOTORBUS:

  • Panoramic front viewing window
  • Frameless coach windows
  • Pneumatic operated “plug” entry door
  • Roof-mounted HVAC and heavy duty climate control
  • Altro hardwood flooring
  • LED interior / exterior lighting
  • Passenger retractable seat belts
  • high back captains chair style Leather seats

            OPTIONS ON THE GM33 F-550 SHUTTLE BUS INCLUDE:

  • Custom black color body paint
  • DVD player with premium rear audio
  • PA system with overhead speakers
  • State of the art LCD monitors
  • Alcoa wheels
  • Air ride (Ultra Ride) shock system
  • 110V/ USB outlets in every row
  • Additional microphone with long cord
  • EZ move luggage wall with oversized rear luggage berth (for up to 28 passengers)

When you choose A&E Worldwide Limo, you are choosing high efficiency, high standards and a luxurious ride-share and limo transportation experience. For more details and bookings, call us at 888-353-4919.

 

How Safe is Uber…Really?

CAR-SHARING INDUSTRY

New products and technology often captivate the public eye, but there is always a flipside to anything new to the market that is yet to be discovered.

In the  car service industry, there is no exception which includes the well-known car sharing app Uber.  There is no doubt that they have created a unique product, however their service and social responsibility attached with providing a “real world” service experience  have lagged far behind. From operating illegally in many cities, to recent news worthy incidents of both passenger and driver assault or rape, many clients have continually asked me…”How safe is Uber..really?”

This is one well -publicized news story of the incident with the Taco Bell Executive riding in an Uber car. See the story below:

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/11/02/taco-bell-executive-out-after-alleged-assault-in-uber-car.html

UBER STRATEGY AND GAME PLAN

Uber’s strategy is very simple: Bull -headed market entry and disruption supported by infinite financial resources that use marketing, lobbying and fanatical customer base social media support  .

In many instances, Uber has steamrolled into many cities and operated outside of any legal oversight, and in some cases in spite of city issued cease and desist orders.

When things get really ugly for them, they rely on their status as a third party technology company to buy them immunity from any liability. For a car service to default to technology company during questioning  is quite disconcerting. Along with a very talented public relations team and corporate smooth talk that would make Donald Trump blush, they evade a full court press.  Any question of liability safety precautions and responsibility, are ultimately made null by this nonchalant strategy, and Uber continues to do what they do best—generate revenue.  Up until recently, this has worked for them. But the tide is changing and recent incidents have forced many to ask what is really going on behind the scenes  to ensure my ride is safe?

DUE DILIGENCE

This is where a lot of potential Uber users balk at tapping that button.  Is Uber really doing their due diligence? Do they know who is driving me? Most established, legitimate car service companies must have drivers undergo a thorough in person hard copy “live scan fingerprint” background check of their drivers. This ensures that the person applying for background check is indeed the one being scanned. It’s kind of a no brainer you would think, but Uber’s policies are very flawed to say the least. In addition, all drivers must undergo a pre- employment drug urinalysis test as well as ongoing random drug tests throughout their time of employment. By law, all companies registered as Livery service providers with the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) must screen drivers based upon the most recent copy of their CA DMV H-6. This informs the employer of any infractions on the prospective employees driving record within the past 6-7 years.  On top of that, they must sign up with CA DMV Driver Pull notice program. This sends an automated notice to the employer if their driver has been involved or convicted of any moving violations in their own personal vehicle or while off duty. Most legitimate limo companies will also use FBI modeled psychological/ personality profile test as well as situational interview techniques to further select from a potential pool of applicants before hiring a new trainee.

I can tell you that as a second generation small car service owner, my standards for potential candidates are very high.  Based upon city, local and common sense guideline,  I will not hire anyone convicted of certain crimes. I will also not hire any applicants, with more than two points on their H6 DMV record, a DUI or a major vehicular accident that resulted in significant injury or death. I will also issue them a multiple choice personality test and sit down and talk with them, asking a series of pointed and purposeful answers.  I will also speak with their previous employers before moving on to the next phase of employment selection and new hire training.

While this may be seen as excessive,  our passengers demand the best in service. And we differentiate ourselves as bringing the best in class to every ride, and to ensure safety of the customers.

VOLUME AND THE FUTURE

Here’s the kicker: our service does not do anywhere close to the volume of rides that Uber does.  For a  company that provides the mind-boggling numbers of customer contacts that Uber does, you would expect  the bare minimum of safety and security  to be equal to if not greater to established standards. Clearly something’s missing in Uber’s due diligence, and absolute refusal to abide by industry best practices in employee selection and customer safety . When the honor system and real world situations are left to play out with little to no regulation or oversight, who is ultimately held accountable and who can you really trust?

 

 

Ride Sharing Services Attempt to Get the ‘Lyft’!

A and E Adir Katzin demonstrating ride sharing in a limoAbout a year ago, we posted an article about the dilemma facing both the Southern California limousine and taxi services in regards to the introduction of ride sharing services like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar.

For those unfamiliar with the situation, these various ride sharing systems operate as a series of Smartphone apps for iOS, Android and other cell phone operating systems. The idea is that by using these apps, customers can ‘hail a cab’ online and a driver, usually unregistered with the State of California would pick up the customer and drive him or her to their destination.

Since that time, the controversy has escalated. Back in June of 2014, the Los Angeles City Council threatened half the operations of all Southern California based ride-sharing services. Even with the “ban”, these companies continued to operate their smartphone apps and provided rides all over the Los Angeles region. From LAX to nightclubs, the pink mustached vehicles of Lyft and similar ridesharing services were utilized everywhere.

As of September 18, 2014, a landmark decision has been reached rendering California the first state in the nation to legally regulate these ride-sharing apps and services. According to a press release from the California Public Utilities Commission, the regulations establish a new category of business called a Transportation Network Company, requiring those companies to obtain a license from CPUC, conduct criminal background checks, establish a driver training program, and hold a commercial insurance policy with a minimum of $1 million per-incident coverage.

While this decision is being hailed by the independent companies as an enormous victory, opening their relatively new foothold in the door even wider, taxi and limousine companies need not despair just yet.

Reading both the nuts and bolts of the argument and the comments, what stands out again & again is the issue of customer service.

These upstart companies (Lyft, and the rest) are succeeding because they are new and fresh. They are actually listening to what the public wants and needs and delivering it. Cars are clean, drivers are friendly, rates are affordable.

The taxi industry as a whole has had a bad rep for years but consumers have had no other choices. Due to their monopoly on the market, taxi drivers have become increasingly slovenly, surly, rude, etc. Overcharging is rampant. Drivers have been able to rest on their laurels because they know passengers are stuck with them and had no other options.

Limo companies are kind of lost in the shuffle between the two, but taking a limo or a Town Car has always signified class and a level of upscale service which has remained consistent throughout this “battle”. Limos are also surprisingly affordable, but that never crosses anyone’s mind.

If either company wants to succeed, customer service must be put at the forefront. Taxi drivers have the experience but not the attitude. Lyft has the friendliness, the cleanliness and the care, but not the professionalism or the finesse of premier limo service. That’s where the biggest edge of limo service comes in.

Consider both sides when making your decision.

Limo service offers these 3 things that ride-sharing services do not:Premier, personalized/vetted chauffeurs with

1. Premier, personalized/vetted chauffeurs with CONSISTENT price.

2.  High-touch customer service and support.High-quality vehicle selection and variety.

3. High-quality vehicle selection and variety.

Consider a limo or a town car first before going for a trendy ride -sharing app.