Ever since Prestige Chauffeurs was founded, we have ensured that we not only offer a professional service, but a legal one too. We are proud to be licensed by Bury MBC which ensures our vehicles; chauffeurs and operation are regulated and safe.
When Chris bought his first Rover 800 he had to drive round as a chauffeur with private hire plates and stickers on his vehicle to comply with the law. Even though this was not the image a chauffeur should have to deal with, it was one that never held Chris or Prestige from challenging the council.
In 1999, Prestige Chauffeurs again approached Bury Council about the plates and stickers on their fleet. This time the council seemed to have accepted that Prestige was here to stay and understood the regulations were starting to hold them back.
With the support of The National Private Hire Association and clients Prestige went to a licensing panel to gain exemption from the display of plates and stickers. This hearing was a first in Bury and the surrounding towns and councils and was covered in the local paper. The Bury Times ran an article and even though it was never the intention helped raise the profile of Prestige Chauffeurs.
The rules and laws are there for a reason. They ensure that drivers/chauffeurs have a full medical; and advance criminal background check to ensure they are fit and proper to be transporting members of the public.
Along with the checks our chauffeurs have to undergo all of Prestige Chauffeurs fleet undergo special council approved MOT’s. These MOT’s even apply to a brand new car that has just rolled off the production line with as little as 30 miles on the clock when Prestige takes ownership.
For the first two years these vehicles have one MOT a year, with two required between 2-4 years old. Sadly, even though Prestige Chauffeurs fully complies with the law others don’t. It is essential that before choosing any firm, you ensure it fully complies with the Local Government Miscellaneous Provisions act 1976.
The consequences of using an unlicensed chauffeur service could have serious repercussions. The vehicles won’t be insured to carry passengers for ‘hire and reward’ and the vehicles and drivers won’t have undergone the vital checks needed to keep the public safe.