THE DIFFERENCES AND ADVANTAGES OF PRIVATE DRIVERS COMPARED TO TAXIS
Making the difference between the Taxi and the Private Drivers is an eternal debate.
Above all, it is necessary to redefine what the primary vocation of a private driver is.
Historically, the VTC (ex grande remise) was not in competition with the taxi business, but was a totally complementary activity.
In fact, they were responding to specific requests, mainly from wealthy customers who wanted to have at their disposal luxury vehicles driven by drivers sometimes speaking several languages and trained as hotel staff to be able to meet all the sometimes original requests of their passengers.
This activity was as much akin to a rolling concierge service as it was to a conventional transport service.
As fares were not regulated for this profession, the Private Drivers could, in the interest of his client, apply higher fares and in return offer a quality of service superior to that of a traditional taxi.
Following a change in regulations, the state chose to create a new status for these drivers, making it much easier for less well-trained and less experienced drivers to enter the profession.
This had the effect of greatly increasing the number of new entrants to this small market and thus created a fierce price war.
At the same time, taking advantage of this influx on the market, newcomers in need of customers, and using new technological tools, matchmaking companies such as UBER, ALLOCAB or SNAPCAR have taken advantage of this situation to develop their service of putting traditional customers in touch with independent Private Drivers.
A price war between these different players has inevitably led to a drop in the quality of service and has forced Private Drivers to work more and more, even if it means evading the basic rules governing competition between taxis and Private Drivers.
Today, even if there are still a large number of independent companies, such as Breizhcab Limousine, which continue to position themselves in a more upmarket segment, the vast majority of Private Drivers find themselves totally subject to the commissioning provided by these connecting giants. It is these drivers who most often drive standard saloons and who are in direct competition with traditional Taxis while offering an equivalent or even, more often than not, much lower quality of service.
In an attempt to clean up the sector, in 2019, the state introduced a “Tourism Quality” label, which, after an in-depth audit, groups together private chauffeur companies that focus on quality of service and customer reception.
Breizhcab Limousine was the first company in Brittany to obtain this label in 2019.
Rather than talking about the difference between the Private Drivers and the Taxi, you should first of all ask yourself what kind of service you are looking for.
If you are looking for a top-of-the-range, local and artisanal service, choose without hesitation the services of an independent Private Drivers company.
Take the time to contact this professional and discover his love for this exciting profession.
Even if the rates can sometimes be a little higher than those of a traditional taxi, you will benefit from an undeniably superior quality of service.