Setting the standard for chauffeur vehicles

Would you recognise a chauffeur-driven car by just looking at the vehicle alone?

Probably not, since chauffeurs drive many different makes and model of vehicle, often depending on the type of job they are doing or sector of the market they target. Thus, chauffeurs may be behind the wheel of cars taking youngsters to the prom, stretch limousines, executive cars of every type and description and station or airport shuttle services.

In a word, there is no absolute standard by which an ordinary car turns into a vehicle fit to be chauffeur driven – Association of Car Rental Industry Systems Standards (ACRISS) believes that there should be.

An article in Business Travel News (BTN) on the 7thof March 2018, revealed that ACRISS has recently developed a Vehicle with Driver Service Industry (VDSI) standard which defines chauffeur services as standard class, business class or first class according to the makes and models of vehicle offered.

In the VDSI guide published by ACRISS, vehicles are not only categorised according to make and model, but services are also rated according to the advance notice needed for booking a car and driver, cancellation policies and the chauffeur’s dress code.

To achieve any kind of VDSI rating at all, of course, any chauffeur vehicle and its driver need to be fully licensed and registered, with the appropriate type and level of chauffeur insurance for the car.


Private hire chauffeur insurance

Private hire chauffeur insurance– specialist insurance that is required whenever a vehicle is used for “hire or reward” – is a requirement of all the private hire licensing authorities in England and Wales (and Transport for London in the capital).

Chauffeurs’ insurance, of course, needs to take into account the make, model, age and value of the vehicle licensed for private hire and the nature of the business conducted by the chauffeur.

It might be argued that the absence of any universal standard defining either the type of car to be licensed for private hire or consensus on the exact role and level of service offered by a chauffeur, makes the question of insurance more difficult and less precise. If that is the case, then the Vehicle with Driver Service Industry (VDSI) standard defined by ACRISS may also prove welcome news to the wider motor insurance industry.

Nevertheless, it may be that the whole subject of private hire insurance is likely to remain one for specialists, calling for the expertise and experience of brokers already familiar with the needs of those working as a chauffeur.

That is precisely the specialism and experience we are proud to claim here at Aston Scott. We recognise that, at the end of the day, when it comes to chauffeur insurance, every driver and owner of a private hire business is unique.

No one size fits all and private hire chauffeur insurance may need to be tailored to the particular needs, requirements and circumstances of the individual chauffeur.

For detailed advice and guidance on any aspect of your chauffeur’s insurance and to discover how we may help you secure it, contact us today by calling 03300 085045.

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