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Taxi & Limo Businesses vs. Rideshare


Many people assume a rideshare service is the same as or similar to both taxi and limousine services but in essence, its origin is quite different. Rideshare platforms tried to modernize the taxi and passenger driving businesses by making them look less like such things. They also tried bypassing traditional chauffeur standards and hands-on methods of direct fleet management.

The Rideshare idea wouldn’t have had much of a chance at success without having the advantage of Developers of modern mobile phone application technology. These developers helped investors bypass certain aspects of state law in order to make taxi style transportation more covert and quickly accessible. This same scheme came with great risk and elements of danger for the public at large because it was rapidly employing millions of people around the world. Many of these same people would have never been qualified to drive for a taxi or limousine business. Thousands of crimes have occurred to date at minimum as a result of the rise of poorly controlled ridesharing.

These investors focused on supplying rides for a global market and not just the small service areas of the typical locally owned taxi or limo services operations. Many taxi businesses and nearly all limousine companies require chauffeur training, drug screening, previous driving experience and minimum age requirements. Additionally, certain vehicles are often the preferred model type for the taxi and limousine industry.

Does Rideshare Have Any Common Sense?

The rideshare models lowered driver age requirements and worked around the legal standard of commercial insurance requirements for their drivers. They also didn’t require much previous experience to become a driver. Rideshare services attempted to make us accept how they’re just a technology based software business focused on helping people share rides. It’s safe to assume that’s obviously an absurd notion. It’s likely 85% of the full-time or freelance rideshare drivers aren’t intentionally traveling in the same direction as they’re paying passengers.

Rideshare chose to expand their reach, and attempt an almost unreal approach. They offered any common individual or any person above a certain age with a specific standard vehicle had an opportunity to work with very little oversight (almost independently) or experience in communities worldwide. This sounds like a great thing but we all know that common sense will prevail. When has there ever been such a large group of workers without a manager or supervisor having direct oversight? When an experienced boss or owner isn’t around to check on the business much can go wrong and often does.

Someone with expert knowledge of business operations and customer relationships should keep a close watch on how business is handled. Having a supervisor provides a sense of security for everyone involved in a transaction. If someone is having a bad day the supervisor should notice and give a warning or send someone home for the day. This new form of fast employment or gig worker (gig economy) occupation is something pretty much unheard of until now.

Taxis Keeping It Deep Local

Most taxi and limousine companies worked out of a local company garage and had rules for chauffeurs to follow. The dispatchers or management staff would investigate customer complaints and ask chauffeurs questions about unethical behavior. They even had to be drug tested randomly or if anything looked suspicious because safety is a top priority for any responsible business. Rideshare platforms don’t have much of these direct safeguards in place. Almost all rideshare platforms have waivers to be acknowledged or signed by users warning them because of the potential dangers associated with using their platforms. Isn’t that scary enough?

We highly recommend using your local taxi or limo service and we encourage it because we believe it’s better for the community as a whole in the long run. Ann Arbor Fare Ride Taxi & Limo
Service believes in deep rooted locally oriented services. Home is where the heart is and our staff of drivers and managers will always have our heart focused on home. If you wish to know more about rideshare and the problems surrounding this service please read an article provided by the Detroit Free Press about why 2 Ann Arbor drivers filed a lawsuit against Uber, a Rideshare company.

Call Ann Arbor Taxi & Airport Cars @ 734-845-9222

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Rides Available From Detroit Metro Airport & Gerald R. Ford International Airport


Where or when you land, it doesn’t matter to us. We’re happy to be on standby for you when you choose a dedicated team of drivers like you’ll find at Ann Arbor Taxi & Airport Car Services.

Our company specializes in taking reservations for scheduling at any time of the day and we also do meet and greet at the baggage claim area by request because that’s what truly makes it an experience of door-to-door service.

Our team has experienced local cab trips, rush hour taxi transfers, leisure/night-out transfers, group shuttle transfers, charter limo services, special event transfers, weddings and hourly rate executive transfers. We have trained and seasoned chauffeurs available daily with over 5 years of experience at minimum along with random background checks and drugs testing.

You can count on us to be there for you as the best connection to have on the Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit roadways and we hope to always be the company you call without any hesitation on a routine basis.

Call us. We know how to hand the road.

Ann Arbor Taxi & Airport Cars


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Springtime in Michigan is Prom Limo Booking Season


Spring has sprung, and weddings, proms, and birthday parties are happening! Do you know what else is happening? The Hash Bash and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. If your loved one participates in one of these events, get them to their location in style! Booking a prom limo is a great way of ensuring they have a great time without worrying about directions, parking, and traffic snarls. A trained chauffeur knows just how to handle the driving to make your night go smoothly as possible.

Give the Gift of Comfort and Safety 

Whether they’re headed to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, Gallup Park, the historic Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, or Zingerman’s Cornman Farms in Dexter, they’ll arrive in comfort. A spacious wedding limo is a hit with brides who don’t want to see their dresses get wrinkled – particularly when they’re headed to the highly-rated Ann Arbor City Club! They’ll have climate control, comfortable seats, and a smooth ride. 

Safety is another consideration. Prom limo drivers are experienced professionals. The company checks credentials and routinely trains them. If your high schooler does something they know they shouldn’t, you don’t have to worry about them getting behind the wheel. Similarly, if they’re stone-cold sober, you know they won’t get in a car with somebody with a few drinks under their belt. Also, don’t make your loved one dependent on a rideshare driver who may, or may not, show up.

A Limo is a Convenient Way for Everyone to Have Fun

Whether you need a graduation limo, airport limo, or concert limo, the limo driver picks your loved one up at the location you specify. They will take them directly to the front door of the venue they’re headed to. Most importantly, the driver will pick them up and return them home. You don’t have to be the designated parent driver who makes the prom outing weird. Let them enjoy some fun and independence on the big night-out.

The Ann Arbor Taxi & Airport Car Service handles all aspects of safely transporting your loved one to their designated location and could also return them. Contact us today to book a limo!


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