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Who were the big winners at the 10th annual Professional Driver QSi awards?
The Professional Driver QSi Awards is the private hire, taxi and chauffeur industry’s favourite party. This year, we chose a new venue – the Metropole Hotel in Brighton.
Since 2013, we’ve handed out more than 300 trophies – including more than 100 Golds – to the best operators and drivers in the UK. We had some great QSi battles for gold, with past champions battling it out against some tremendous first-time entries.
Find out who went home with Gold, Silver and Bronze in our 11 QSi Categories.
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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.
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.
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.
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
Shaun Ravin Wanigasekera
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.