Luxury Coach & Transportation

July 2018

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LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION JULY 2018 23 Sprinter Coaches by Royale Call today and speak with a product specialist: 1-800-544-5587. 99 Newark Street, Haverhill, MA 01832 | 978.374.4530 · 800.544.5587 | sales@ royalelimo.com · www.royalelimo.com Sales & Service Centers: Massachusetts · New York · New Jersey · Florida · California · Nevada © 2015 Cabot Coach Builders, Inc. Where Craftsmanship Counts ™ "e arriving driver jumps in the shut- tle car to drive home, and is no longer under the mandate," Holden says. While this maintains compliance, it adds pay- roll expense and the associated costs of travel for the particular trip. Overnight Stays & Meals When a tour group elects to spend the night in a hotel while traveling, Jacobs asks his clients to simply add a room for the driver and invite the driver to dine with the group when they eat. e over- night room is non-negotiable, but he does have a provision to provide a per- diem of $25 for his drivers while they are on the road and he pays them a higher dollar amount for multiple days on the road. As an alternative, I charge a flat rate of $175 for any overnight stay, and that includes the room and a $50 per diem for meals. Sometimes this means the driver has to stay at another hotel within the $125 price range. Jacobs ab- sorbs meal allowance and doesn't pass it on to his clients. ompson expects his clients to feed his drivers. — Jim@LCTmag.com Factoring In The ELD Mandate Even day trips to amusement parks and sports games can add a significant expense to a charter, since drivers are likely to run out of available driving hours if the trip includes significant driving distance. Holden and I have both added shuttle vehicles to our fleet that are not DOT regulated for the pur- pose of compliance. We send a driver in advance to a venue city and place them in a hotel to wait for the arrival of a bus. went to sleep. ompson charges the actual cost of airline tickets, hotels, meals, and ground transportation as a single line item with no mark-up. is amount is added on to ompson's $1,500 daily rate. ompson shares this nugget: "It is important to note when a driver is in the air flying, that is considered On Duty Not Driving Time for logbook purposes." As you know, that means you must pay the driver for his time in the air. George Jacobs, Tom Holden, and Paul Thompson know the importance of factoring in all costs when creating profitable tour packages.

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