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Man Suffers Injuries When He Falls From California Party Bus

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on December 14, 2011

A man fell out of an unlocked door on a party bus recently and suffered serious injuries while enjoying a Halloween outing with friends. According to the investigation, which is still underway, the man fell from the party bus while it was traveling on Interstate 15 just south of Indian Truck Trail near Lake Elsinore. California Highway Patrol officers say the party bus was traveling in the far right lane when the inebriated passenger fell through the door and landed on the roadway. When he realized that one of his passengers had fallen from the party bus, the chauffeur immediately stopped the bus, called 911 and did what he could to help the injured passenger. The injured man was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment for undisclosed injuries.

Here at NLS Limo, we want all our guests to have a fun, wonderful and very memorable experience, but we take the safety of each of our guests very seriously. We do our best to ensure that guests have fun and are free to celebrate special occasions as long as their actions do not endanger themselves or other guests. If they observe behavior that is reckless or risky, our chauffeurs are trained to issue a stern but polite warning to the guest(s), admonishing them that if they continue the behavior, their party bus experience will be terminated and everyone returned to pick-up locations.

This is a drastic step that we have had to enforce on very few occasions. Still, we won’t hesitate to enforce this rule if we feel that it will prevent the sort of tragedy that happened to this young man recently. Our “tough love” approach to protecting our guests is part of our business philosophy and our sense of responsibility to our clients. If you’re looking for a San Francisco limousine or party bus service for an upcoming special event and prefer to do business with local, ethical businesspeople who put the safety of guests above all other considerations, please give us a call at 1-800-339-8936. We’d love to hear from you, and we love to help our guests enjoy the special moments in their lives! Call us today, and find out why we are the Bay Area’s premier limousine service.

California Limo Driver Leads Police on Chase

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on December 14, 2011

California Highway Patrol officers shut down Highway 12 in Santa Rosa for a short time recently after a chauffeur driving a limousine led them and members of other law enforcement agencies on a chase that lasted at least ten miles. Officers say the pursuit began around 11:30 a.m. when the chauffeur failed to obey an order to pull his limo over. Shortly after officers ordered the 31-year-old driver to pull over, the man rolled down his window, stuck his arm out, made a fist and extended his index finger toward the sky as he sped away.

A spokesman with the Sonoma County sheriff’s office said the driver took a detour through several side streets in Kenwood in an attempt to elude officers and eventually headed back onto Highway 12, where he fled from his pursuers. Strangely, even though he refused to pull over, officers said that the driver appeared to follow all traffic laws and did not exceed the posted 65 mph speed limit on Highway 12. Eventually, officers cleared Highway 12 ahead of the chauffeur’s path and deployed spike strips to puncture the limo’s tires. A helicopter joined the pursuit, and officers watched as the driver continued to leave his left arm hanging out the window.

“He was driving with one arm out the window and his index finger extended the whole time,” one said.

The limo ran over the spike strip shortly before noon, and officers apprehended the shirtless driver. The investigation is ongoing, but officers said the chauffeur did not appear to be intoxicated. They discovered that the man lives in the limo and does not use it to transport passengers. Police did not know why the man did not pull over as ordered and had his index finger pointed skyward throughout the pursuit.

We hear a lot of strange limo stories, but they generally involve guests’ behavior in the back of a limousine rather than a chauffeur’s antics in the front of the vehicle. If you’re looking for a San Francisco limousine experience for a special event that doesn’t involve fleeing and eluding police, chauffeurs driving with one hand and other unorthodox goings-on, you’re in luck! Our chauffeurs obey all traffic laws, don’t live in our limousines and rarely get pulled over. If this is the kind of San Francisco limo experience you prefer, please give us a call at NLS Limo today at 1-800-339-8936 to make a reservation.

Bentley Announces Next Generation of Luxury Limousine Amenities

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on December 14, 2011

Bentley’s flagship Mulsanne models will begin featuring some remarkable amenities in the very near future. The luxury automaker already sets the standard for handcrafted luxury cabins in all its models, but Mulsanne buyers have some very high-tech appointments to look forward to in the coming model years.

Alasdair Stewart from Bentley Motors said that the next generation of Bentley buyers is made up of multitaskers who need to be able to work while on the go. Stewart said, “Many customers use their time in the Mulsanne to keep on top of their business commitments or simply take a few moments to relax. This fully functioning concept highlights the Mulsanne’s potential to help busy executives to communicate effectively and quickly whilst traveling. As you would expect from Bentley, all these features work in harmony with the handcrafted cabin and can be displayed or hidden at the user’s discretion.”

Some of these comforts and productivity appointments include the following:

  • Two electric-powered, foldable wood veneer tables, each sporting an Apple iPad and Apple Bluetooth keyboard
  • Internet connectivity for the iPads and other devices via a W-LAN
  • Apple Mini Mac stored in the trunk for LAN integration and easy access to expanded data storage, Bluetooth-enabled, naturally
  • 15.6-inch High Definition LED dropdown monitor in roof console with DVD changer
  • Lighted center console with individual armrests for spacious four-seat configuration
  • Rear console equipped with iPod and iPod control panel
  • Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) and audio system for integrated entertainment options
  • Two USB connectors provided for the Apple system and one Apple interface connector for the iPod
  • Control panel on rear console to operate picnic tables, reading lights, control HD LED screen and select video and audio options
  • Armrest containing Tibaldi fountain pen and privacy telephone handset
  • Bottle cooler in center console, complete with illuminated, double-glazed frosted glass door
  • Apple device-controlled, multi-directional reading lights for each rear passenger
  • Many other luxury appointments

That impressive list is a glimpse into the future of luxury limousine amenities, and all we can say is, “Wow!” With list prices beginning at around $300,000, it could be a while before we add a Bentley Mulsanne to our fleet of San Francisco limousines, but it won’t be long before some of these entertainment/productivity amenities are standard features in the “regular” limousine world. Indeed, many are already available in the newer Bay Area limos in our fleet. For more information on these models and their amenities, please explore the pages of our site and/or call us today at NLS Limo at 1-800-339-8936 for more information.

Reserve Your San Francisco Limo for New Year’s Eve Now for Best Selection

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on October 31, 2011

Some Bay Area residents always seem to be a step or two ahead of the rest of us. They somehow swing dinner reservations at the hottest restaurants, get great seats at area concerts and sporting events, know how to get into the coolest clubs and otherwise get to experience the best of San Francisco before everyone else. There’s no doubt that a pocketful of cold, hard cash can be the passport to all these pleasures and experiences, but the swiftest and smartest of these folks somehow make all this happen without spending a fortune. How do they do it? They plan ahead and turn delayed gratification into one heck of a good time without overspending.

To illustrate how forward thinking some area residents are, we have received a bunch of limousine and party bus reservations for New Year’s Eve recently. These folks know that demand will be quite high on this particular night and for good reason! No one wants to deal with driving, parking, traffic and the possibility of a very expensive ticket on the premier party night of the year. That’s why they are making their reservations now to ensure they get their first choice of San Francisco limos and party buses for their night on the town with friends. They know that Bay Area limo services will have nearly all of their chauffeurs and vehicles entertaining guests that night and that procrastinators who wait too long to make reservations will have to settle for their third, fourth or fifth choice of vehicles and limo providers.

Don’t let this happen to you and your friends this year. If you’re planning on hitting the clubs this New Year’s, and you know that you are, call us today at 1-800-339-8936 to reserve your San Francisco limo or party bus. We still have a great selection, but the most popular models are going fast, so don’t delay! We offer the best customer service, the cleanest and most luxurious vehicles and the most professional chauffeurs in the area. Best of all, we make all this happen at incredibly reasonable rates! Please call us today to reserve your Bay Area limousines, party buses and other luxury vehicles for the upcoming holiday season.

Illegal San Francisco Limousine Companies Caught in Surprise Inspections

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on October 29, 2011

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), responding to a rising number of complaints about illegal Bay Area limousine companies, cracked down on illegal operators picking up fares at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), other California airports and the City of San Francisco in August. The CPUC sting operation made an impressive number of arrests, and the state agency issued a recent press release that outlined some of the arrests in the area. Of particular interest to Bay Area residents and legal San Francisco limousine services such as ours were the following excerpts from the CPUC press release:

  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), August 4, 2011 – CPUC staff, the CHP, SFO Airport Police, and SFO Landside Operations conducted a joint surprise passenger carriers inspection. Approximately 84 vehicles (limos, buses, and shuttles) were pulled over for the inspection. The CPUC inspected 82 vehicles, issued one Misdemeanor Warning (operation with a pending CPUC permit), and issued 36 Notices to Correct Violations (vehicles not filed with CPUC, waybills, vehicle ID, and possible workers’ compensation violations). Subsequently, the CPUC suspended 11 carriers for engaging employee-drivers without procuring evidence of workers’ compensation insurance coverage.
  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), August 9, 2011 – In late July, two investigators from SFMTA, Investigations and Regulatory Affairs Taxi Services, contacted the CPUC requesting that a CPUC investigator ride along with them to observe the problems of charter-party carriers acting like taxis at some of the major hotels in San Francisco. SFMTA had received complaints from taxicabs that the hotels’ doorman is redirecting hotel guests to the limousines staging nearby. SFMTA reported that the violations involving limousines acting as taxis occur between 10:30 a.m. and noon when guests are checking out and heading to SFO. A CPUC investigator rode along with SFMTA investigators and observed four charter-party carriers operated without a valid permit. An investigation will be initiated on these carriers.

Here at NLS Limo, we take the safety of our guests and the reputation of our industry very seriously. That is why we work hard and invest the resources to ensure that our CPUC licensing and compliance is always up to date, that our drivers are fully screened and licensed, that our vehicles are insured and maintained in top condition and that no expense is spared in making sure that our guests have a safe and wonderful time. We’re not the only San Francisco limo service that works this hard to ensure that we meet all CPUC regulations, but we may be the only one that provides outstanding customer service at low, affordable rates. If we sound like your kind of Bay Area limo provider, please call us at 1-800-339-8936 the next time you would like a limousine or any other type of luxury ground transportation to help you celebrate a special event.

Stanford Fans, Rent a Bay Area Limo and Tailgate in Style This Season!

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on October 27, 2011

Stanford’s football team is having another special season, and fans of the Cardinal are looking forward to meaningful PAC-12 games (and wins!) down the stretch. We know Stanford fans love their team and their football, but they are not very fond of pre- and postgame traffic as other fans clog area roadways to get to and from the game. Want a luxurious, affordable and convenient way to get to and from the game in style? Rent a Bay Area limousine from NLS Limo, and leave the driving to us!

No other San Francisco limo service has a better selection of luxury vehicles from which to choose. Looking for something with a bit more headroom than our stretch limos? We humbly suggest one of the following options:

If you’re thinking about the unique game transportation options in our fleet, you may want to consider these:

Renting one of our Bay Area luxury vehicles for game transportation is fast, easy and very affordable. Simply call us today at 1-800-339-8936, speak with one of our reservation specialists, reserve the luxury ground transportation options of your choice and get ready to have a great time with friends and family! Instead of fighting traffic, you and your crew can kick back with your favorite beverages, enjoy some pre-game tailgating fare, enjoy other PAC-12 action on the flat-panel TVs and enjoy all the other luxurious amenities. For more information about rates and availability, call us today to find out for yourself why NLS Limo has become the premier San Francisco limo service for all Bay Area football fans. Let’s Go Stanford!

Why Our Guests Prefer Our San Francisco Limousine Service

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on October 26, 2011

Here at NLS Limo, we like to think that our little corner of the business world is too special and far too cool to be pigeonholed into one industry. Since we rent Bay Area limousines, party buses, corporate sedans, antique vehicles, luxury coaches and many other types of vehicles, it’s fair to say that we’re in the automobile business. Since nearly all of these vehicles feature luxury amenities such as wet bars, flat-screen TVs, superb sound systems, mood lighting, moon roofs and other sumptuous accents, you could say that we are in the entertainment business as well. Indeed, our business model straddles several different niches. The one that brings us the most joy and satisfaction and the one that we believe is the key to our success is our focus on being the very best in the hospitality business.

It is our privilege and our pleasure to be ambassadors of the Bay Area to our many clients who visit from other cities and countries and rely on us as their San Francisco limo provider. It is also very gratifying that so many Bay Area residents choose us again and again to help them celebrate the special events in their lives. What are some of the other reasons why so many guests rent luxury vehicles from us? We’re not big on scientific analyses around here, but we believe it has a great deal to do with the following:

  • Superb customer service
    Bottom line: it is our job to ensure that each one of our guests has a wonderful time while riding in our vehicles, and we go above and beyond to ensure that this happens each and every time. In the very unusual event that something is not right or there is an unexpected delay, we make it right and pursue every opportunity to ensure that each guest is satisfied. We’re not perfect, but it’s not for lack of trying!
  • Attention to detail
    Our guests know that they are not the first to ride in one of our San Francisco limos, party buses or other luxury vehicles, but we do our very best to make it appear to be the case! Our detail team takes a great deal of pride in their work and won’t release a vehicle for service until all evidence of the previous guest is gone.
  • Affordability
    Now more than ever, we understand that our guests have limited means and that many have been saving for months for their special occasion. Instead of offering the lowest possible rate and nickel-and-diming our guests on additional charges, we look for ways to offer the best experience at the most affordable rate that includes nearly all the amenities and perks that a limo guest deserves.

There may be other reasons why our guests rely on us again and again for all their San Francisco luxury ground transportation needs, and if you have something to add to this list, we’d love to hear from you! We welcome any and all comments, questions and criticism as we feel that in the end, it makes us a better limo service and one that is better able to anticipate the needs of its guests. To let us know what you think and/or to reserve a Bay Area limo for an upcoming occasion, please give us a call at 1-800-339-8936! Thanks again for making NLS Limo your preferred San Francisco limousine service!

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