How do you know if a company is exceptional? Simple. Look for three little letters – Q, S and I.

They stand for Quality, Service and Innovation, and those are the criteria on which the Professional Driver QSi Awards are judged.

Established in 2013, the QSi Awards are the benchmark for excellence in the Private Hire, Chauffeur and Taxi industry. Each year we award gold, silver and bronze awards to the best companies and drivers in the UK.

Those winners – operators large and small, from every part of the UK – proudly display the QSi logo as a trustmark, so their customers know they’re being served by a truly first-class operator.

The 2022 QSi Awards are now open for entries from leading operators in the industry. We’ve got 10 categories: there’s something for everyone – from thousand-car fleets to owner-drivers, including special awards for environmental achievements, marketing excellence, community service and business diversification.

The Professional Driver QSi Awards are open to every private hire, chauffeur and taxi Company in the UK. We invite them to submit entries – or nominate other companies.

And we’ll reveal the winners at our famous Professional Driver QSi Awards night on November 29, at the Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales. It’s the best party in the industry and a great way to celebrate your achievements.

10 PROFESSIONAL DRIVER QSI AWARDS CATEGORIES

Private Hire Operator, 1-80 cars

Smaller private hire or taxi operators, running standard taxis or minicabs, based anywhere in the United Kingdom.

Private Hire Operator, 81+ cars

Large private hire or taxi operators, running standard taxis or minicabs, based anywhere in the United Kingdom.

Chauffeur Operator, 1-10 cars

Luxury licensed chauffeur car operators, running cars of at least Mercedes-Benz E-class/BMW 5-series standard, based anywhere in the United Kingdom.

Chauffeur Operator, 10+ cars

Larger fleets of luxury licensed chauffeur car operators, running cars of at least Mercedes-Benz E-class/BMW 5-series standard, based anywhere in the United Kingdom.

MARKETING AWARD

Chauffeur, taxi or private hire operators, irrespective of size, that promote and market their operations in the most creative and original way across a range of media.

ENVIRONMENT AWARD

Companies that show a genuine commitment to being eco-friendly, and have adopted environmentally-friendly policies that have made a positive impact on their overall business. Open to all chauffeur, taxi and private hire operators.

NEW START OPERATOR AWARD

Chauffeur, taxi or private hire companies, irrespective of size, that have been operating in their current form since January 1, 2018. Open to genuine new-start operations or those where a change of ownership has resulted in a major change in the direction of the business.

Business Diversification Award

A new award designed to recognise operators that have grown their business by adding new business strands in a related or unrelated sector. Open to all chauffeur, taxi and private hire operators, irrespective of size.

COMMUNITY AWARD

Chauffeur, taxi or private hire operators, irrespective of size, that make extraordinary efforts to provide an exceptional service within their local area. These are companies that engage with local businesses and organisations like real local heroes.

PROFESSIONAL DRIVER OF THE YEAR

An individual driver or chauffeur, to be nominated by the operator or employer, who provides the absolute highest standard of service in terms of driving skills, customer service and personality.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE PROFESSIONAL DRIVER QSI AWARDS?

All chauffeur company of the Year Awards: Luxury chauffeur and executive car operators, based anywhere in the United Kingdom.

All private hire company of the Year Awards: Private Hire and taxi operators, running cars mostly below the chauffeur car standards detailed above, based anywhere in the United Kingdom. Companies with mixed private hire and hackney carriage licenses are eligible, but purely hackney carriage fleets are not eligible.

For all chauffeur company and private hire company awards, fleet size is defined as the number of vehicles being operated by or on behalf of the company on a typical working day. It can therefore include both company-owned vehicles and driver-owned vehicles working exclusively for the company entering the award.

HOW ARE THE AWARDS JUDGED?

The finalists are selected by an independent panel of experts, chaired by Professional Driver editor Mark Bursa.

Shortlisted finalists will be chosen from the entries for each category, and Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be given to the top three in each category.

Meet the judges

Mark Bursa

Gary Jacobs

Steve Sommerfeld

Mike Galvin

QSI Award Sponsors

The sponsors of these awards span the whole private hire and chauffeuring chain; from manufacturers to expert suppliers. They are not simply leaders in their own right but a powerful collective force, which wields influence and expertise inside and outside of private hire and chauffeuring. Together, they are inspiring and supporting transportation excellence.