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    Default Finding good quality drivers...

    Any suggestions or tips on finding good quality drivers? Thanks!

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    Default Questions for Potential drivers

    9 of 10 - YES - or bye,bye
    Would your friends say you are a people person?
    Does pleasing people make your day?
    Can you follow written or verbal instructions?
    Do you have a clean driving record?
    Can you read a map?
    Do you enjoy driving?
    Do you have a smartphone?
    Do you enjoy staying awake until the wee hours of the morning?
    Do you own a suit?
    Are you able to multi-task (Dealing with passengers wanting to know how to work the radio, etc)?

    Security guards (after a pysche test), police, firefighters, veterans, recent retirees
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    Only hire Class B drivers.

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    I think that the limo driver younger than 40 years, is likely to be not the best choice.
    In any case not by the nature of the choleric, not hysterical.


    The ideal driver - over 40 years, balanced, professional driver, preferably with experience in the buses. And the appearance is, of course. Pensioners police officers - a very good option.


    I do not know how this will turn automatic translation into English. I hope that the main point is clear. )
    Respectfully yours Grishaev Pavel.

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    Steal them from other companies. When out on a job and you catch a driver who fits your vision of the type person you would like representing your operation, make him/her an offer they can't refuse. Apply the same tactic when engaging anyone in any customer relations field.
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    It is very difficult and I am not sure there is a solid answer. My son is our operations manager and just changed our hiring process to try to eliminate attempting to train someone who is not trainable for our industry. Here is our process:

    New Employee Hiring Procedures

    1. Employee submits application package
    Application
    DMV Print-out
    Copy of CDL
    Copy of medical card
    Copy of Social Security Card
    Consent for background check
    Consent from previous employer

    2. Interview Appointment Scheduled

    3. Interview conducted with prospective employee
    Written Examination conducted
    Oral Examination conducted

    4. Applicant notified of decision. If hired, go to Step 6

    5. Application package filed for future consideration in Applications Received file for three years.

    6. Submit applicant information to insurance company for background/driver records
    review.

    Add to auto insurance policy

    8. Mail consent and request for information to previous employer

    9. Schedule employee for Pre-Employment Drug & Alcohol Screen
    EAGLE SAFETY SERVICES
    2751-A FRUITVALE AVE.

    10. Results of drug screen received. If negative, continue to Step 11. If positive, go to Step
    #13

    11. Applicant completes Drive Test with Field Supervisor.

    12. Field Supervisor approves Drive Test or Field Supervisor determines applicant failed
    Drive Test, go to Step #13.

    13. Applicant notified in person and in writing of termination of application process.

    14. Applicant enrolled in DMV Pull Notice Program

    15. Submit employee name & information to EAGLE SAFETY SERVICES for
    enrollment in Random Drug Screen pool.

    16. Employee begins specific training program based on job title.

    I know this doesn't tell you WHERE to find them but it sure will show you how to make sure they are properly vetted before you waste a lot of money attempting to train them.
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    This is all great information! Thanks for sharing everyone

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    Default Good qualities of a driver

    While considering any driver must look for these qualities:

    - A Sense of Responsibility and Discipline
    - Alertness and Effective Observation
    - Impeccable Driving Skill What Every Driver Should Have
    - A Good Attitude and Customer Service Skills make a Quality Driver
    - Knowledge and Maintenance Skills Make for a Quality Driver
    - Respect Your Vehicle and Respect Yourself

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarrisonAmannda View Post
    While considering any driver must look for these qualities:

    - A Sense of Responsibility and Discipline
    - Alertness and Effective Observation
    - Impeccable Driving Skill What Every Driver Should Have
    - A Good Attitude and Customer Service Skills make a Quality Driver
    - Knowledge and Maintenance Skills Make for a Quality Driver
    - Respect Your Vehicle and Respect Yourself

    Good points, but there is always a piece missing whenever this topic is discussed, being a good employer, you want professionals to represent your company so you need to treat them as such. Address them as chauffeurs or transportation specialist but not drivers

    Stand behind them, if a customer complains stand up until you know for certain they did something wrong

    Don't ask or expect them to work insane hours, over limits and to the point of exhaustion, nothing good can come of it.

    And pay them as professionals
    I want to die while asleep like my grandfather,
    not screaming in terror like the passengers in his car.

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    I own a limousine business currently with 4 vehicles. 2 sedans, a van and a 120" LTC. I just retired from the police department. I have found that hiring off-duty police officers and retired police officers works best. Off-duty police officers on 12 hr shift are off 15 days a month. you get a couple on each rotation and you always have a reliable driver available. I advertise that all of my drivers are law enforcement and I get a very positive response from my clients.

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    One thing that has worked for us is to post a job ad on Kijiji (or craiglist) asking specifically for the type of license that you need. An initial driving test in just a regular car then helps us separate our the good drivers from the bad.

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