Secaucus, NJ -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/16/2015 -- To maintain the safety of ground transportation across the industry, the Ride Responsibly initiative was established by the National Limousine Association (NLA). The campaign is designed to educate passengers about their rights and clarify the responsibilities of service providers. As a member of the NLA, EmpireCLS has announced that it supports Ride Responsibly and the mandates put forth by the initiative.
The Duty of Care section of Ride Responsibly focuses on five areas for how chauffeurs should be properly screened, licensed and trained. In order to comply with the Ride Responsibly Duty of Care, all chauffeurs must undergo a criminal background and security check, pre-hire drug testing and random testing, a driver training program, a medical examination, and proper supervision, retraining and discipline throughout employment with a ground transportation company. EmpireCLS adheres to each item in the Duty of Care, and each of their chauffeurs is required to sign an affidavit stating they will also provide each of the five items.
EmpireCLS and their chauffeurs guarantee safety, especially compared to transportation network company (TNC) providers. EmpireCLS does extensive federal, multi-state, criminal and DMV background checks using live fingerprint scans and personal information, whereas TNCs only use personal information when performing background checks. The company also has a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy for chauffeurs, who undergo annual and random screenings.
After undergoing a rigorous screening process, the company's chauffeurs must undergo and pass a rigorous, in-house training program called "EmpireCLS University." The program discusses proper attire, customer service, safety and defensive driving courses and local geography knowledge. TNCs do not require any previous training from drivers.
EmpireCLS also ensures that their vehicles are as safe as their chauffeurs. Their fleet of vehicles receives an average five-star safety vehicle rating, whereas vehicle safety standards are not defined by TNCs. EmpireCLS also has a minimum of $10M of liability insurance per passenger, per trip, anywhere in the world. TNCs, however, have a minimum of only $1M commercial insurance policy per passenger and trip. Finally, vehicles are also equipped with Silent Passenger GPS technology, allowing the EmpireCLS Dispatch Department to track each vehicle and trip live.
By adhering to the items in the Ride Responsibly Duty of Care, EmpireCLS provides a level of safety and security unmatched by TNCs. Visit the company's website to learn more about how their highly-trained chauffeurs keep guests safe while providing a luxury travel experience.
For over three decades, EmpireCLS has led the livery transportation industry in trends and entrepreneurial vision. Captained by chairman and CEO David Seelinger, EmpireCLS has grown from a single-car company to a worldwide, luxury, chauffeured transportation provider, equipped with a fleet of late-model, luxury vehicles and driven by only the most dedicated and professional chauffeurs.
Available in over 700 cities worldwide, EmpireCLS provides unparalleled, five-star service to all of its guests, and also offers premium services like security coverage and airport concierge. Whether arranging transportation to their hotel or a major awards ceremony, EmpireCLS's guests can expect the best-in-class service that has earned the company its worldwide reputation for excellence.
For more information on EmpireCLS, visit http://www.empirecls.com