November 25, 2015
Sandy Smith from the fair city of Perth, in Central Scotland, took over local cab firm Radio Taxis back in 2011. Since then he’s expanded the company’s fleet, adding a mixture of vehicles to cater to his customer’s needs.
He bought his first vehicle from leading taxi specialists, Cab Direct, back when he first took over and has added a whopping 15 since. Here Sandy gives us his verdict on his most recent purchase, the Renault Trafic Sport. He also explains why, when it comes to accessibility, Cab Direct’s Volkswagen Caddy conversion, Kudos™, is his preferred taxi partner.
Sandy says: “My background is in financial services but I’ve driven part time for around 20 years so when the opportunity arose to take over Radio Taxis, I decided to take the plunge.
“We originally had seven cars, with ten in the office but we’ve grown a fair bit over the last four years and now have 26 vehicles in total, with around 65 full and part- time drivers and a staff of nine. We’ve managed to build up a good reputation in the area – a big part of which is down to having the right vehicles for the job.”
Sandy continues: “When it comes to MPVs, for me the Renault Trafic Sport Nav model tops the lot. We bought our first one from Cab Direct back in 2013 and have been really impressed with it.
“The new version has improved on things even further and the reliability and comfort are second to none. It’s packed with up-to-date gadgets and looks like it should cost a lot more than it does.
“Customers are really impressed with it, especially on longer journeys, so we tend to use it for corporate work. A few famous names have even sat in it over the years, including Bob Geldof, Peter Andre, Tony Hadley and – just the other week – Billy Ocean.
“Probably the biggest testament to the vehicle’s quality is the fact we have a queue of drivers who want to drive it – that’s not always the case with eight seaters.”
Top Spec, Top Price
Renault has designed the all-new Trafic specifically for the professional driver. With seating for up to nine people, you can really make the most of your shift. Plus, with its stylish design, quiet and efficient engine options and the latest on-board technology, it’s guaranteed to impress.
Starting from just £75.95 weekly + VAT, with an impressive list of standard features, the Trafic really packs a huge punch. Opt for the Sport Nav model, as Sandy did, and you’ll benefit from 17” alloys, auto headlights and wipers, smartphone dock, a 7” touchscreen navigation system, Bluetooth®, rear parking sensors and much more.
Plus with Cab Direct’s taxi trade exclusive deals, you can save over £9,000 on the top spec model making Trafic exceptional value for money.
So we know Sandy’s preferred multi passenger car but what does he think when it comes to wheelchair access…
“When I first took over there was only one wheelchair accessible cab in the whole office! It’s changed days now though,” Sandy explains.
“We do a lot of wheelchair work and, for me, you can’t beat the Volkswagen Kudos.
The fact you can take a wheelchair plus four additional passengers is a real bonus. There’s more room in the vehicle compared with some of the smaller accessible options which customers really appreciate.”
Sandy concludes: “Whatever we need, I know Cab Direct can deliver – both the vehicle and the service. We’re looking to add another Hybrid after winter and we wouldn’t go anywhere else – we’ve always been looked after. Our local rep, Alex, is brilliant with us. He regularly visits and always keeps us up to date.
“Both of my sons, who are in their early twenties, have an active role in running the business so our relationship with Cab Direct is set to continue for many years to come. I’m sure the boys will continue to grow the company, making it even bigger and better long after I’ve retired.”
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