The Differences Between a Groundlink Driver and a Rideshare Driver
As rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft become more popular, any smart traveler should closely compare the pros and cons of using these types of services as opposed to hiring a black car company for their travel and transportation needs.
One of the biggest differences between rideshare companies like Uber and black car companies like GroundLink is extremely vital: the person behind the wheel. In this post, we’ll take a long, hard look at the differences between rideshare drivers and black car drivers.
Rigorous screening process
All of our drivers undergo a rigorous screening process, which involves making certain that each of our drivers has a significant amount of experience in the field, all of the qualifications they need to successfully serve our customers, and a history that is free from criminal activity or traffic violations. Although rideshare drivers often have to undergo simple background checks as well, they do not necessarily have the pristine records or driver experience of our fleet.
Rideshare companies do not do much in the way of training their drivers for their jobs. On the other hand, all GroundLink drivers go through a training process that ensures they know exactly how our service works, from safety to customer service, to getting you where you need to go on time.
All of our drivers are properly insured and drive vehicles with livery insurance. While rideshare drivers also have insurance requirements, they vary depending on the rideshare service and may not be as strictly enforced.
Licensing & Permits
Black car services like GroundLink require all proper licensing and permits, including livery/chauffeur licensing where required and airport permits where required. Rideshare drivers in certain programs may not have these licenses and permits.
Rideshare drivers are contractors who are only held to a standard of professionalism through rider reviews. On the other hand, GroundLink drivers are trained and experienced professionals who look, act, and dress for their jobs: with care and pride.
As you may have read in the news, rideshare drivers are making less and less money as rideshare companies try to stay solvent. This can not only affect the well-being and attitude of your driver, but also the overall quality of your ride, from the safety of the vehicle to the experience of the driver. Our drivers receive fair payment for the service they provide, and that is reflected in the quality of work that they provide to our company and our customers.
Going above and beyond
Rideshare drivers are interested in completing as many trips as possible in order to make a living wage. Our drivers go the extra mile to make certain their clients have the best possible trip. It’s little things, like help with your luggage, opening and closing doors, phone chargers, and cold bottles of water that help separate us from the competition.