Welcome to Limo 101. We hope this overview will give you a general understanding of professional and chauffeured transportation.
When calling for information, the first question we are asked is "how much do you charge"?
Your first question, " is your company correctly licensed and Insured ".
Are your Lincoln Limousines 2003 or newer? This style changed in 2003.
Do you have "Z" Tags? "Z" Tags are license plates issued by the State of Alabama for commercial limousine service.
How many doors are on your limousine? Funeral cars generally have 5 to 6 doors. Luxury Limousines have 4 doors.
Do you drivers have USDOT Physicals and criminal background checks from the State of Alabama?
Now you may inquire on price.
ALWAYS INSPECT YOUR CAR YOU ARE PLANNING TO RENT
Commercial vehicles are required to maintain commercial insurance on their vehicles. This is different than your standard automobile insurance. As an example, passenger vehicles between 8 to 15 passengers require $1,500,000.00 in liability coverage for federal regulations. State requirements may be less.
2. License Plates
Commercial vehicles require renewal annually. They expire in October and are renewed in November. "Z" designates a commercial passenger vehicle for hire. Generally Town Cars and larger are required to be a Class 5 vehicle.
3. City License
We operate in the City of Birmingham, therefore we are required to be licensed by the City of Birmingham. A CPNC (Certificate of Public Need and Convenience) is renewed yearly.
4. Alabama State License
All commercial vehicles which provide transportation of passengers for hire, are required to
comply with Alabama Public
Service Commission regulations
when crossing multiple city boundaries.
After you have booked you service, what do you do next?
1. READ YOUR CONTRACT !!! Look for payment schedule. Most have a deposit due with signing, and full payment prior to service date. Some companies will accept your deposit and if you have not sent the balance prior to the due date, they will rent the vehicle to someone else. Unfortunately, this is a common scam in the industry.
3. One Week Prior to service. Re-Inspect the Vehicle.
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