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Save Time and Enjoy the Bay Area in Our San Francisco Cable Car Rentals

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on August 21, 2012

Most travelers heading to San Francisco consider a cable car ride up and down our city’s steep streets an essential part of the experience. However, many are not prepared for the wait times that cable car riders often have to face, especially during the summer season. If you want an authentic San Francisco cable car experience but don’t care to spend your time waiting in line, we have good news! You can rent one of our affordable motorized cable cars with friends and family and experience the Bay Area on your own terms! Our San Francisco cable car rentals look, sound and feel just like the ones you see on postcards but have several advantages, including these:

  • Mobility
    Unlike the cable cars that are limited to tracks, our San Francisco cable car rentals can take you wherever you’d like to go! You can use them to drop you and your friends and family off at the city’s best shopping districts, restaurants, clubs and other destinations. You can also design your own sightseeing tour and experience the grandest sights and off-the-beaten-track destinations for a truly authentic Bay Area experience.
  • Comfort
    Our cable cars are available in the traditional open-air version, as well as the warmer and more comfortable enclosed version to protect you from the chilly breezes off the Bay. The weather here can be unpredictable, so if you’re not sure which type of cable car will be best for an upcoming visit, simply ask your reservation specialist for a recommendation based on the forecast.
  • Convenience
    Unlike traditional cable cars, ours are available at all times, making it easier for you and your party to make plans around your schedule, rather than the Transportation Agency’s limited schedules.
  • Exclusivity
    Our cable cars comfortably accommodate up to 34 friends and family members with plenty of space for everyone. Rather than having to bump elbows with strangers, you and your friends and family can stretch out, relax and enjoy having your own cable car experience.

These are just a few of the very practical reasons to rent our San Francisco cable cars for your upcoming visit. They are also quite affordable, making it easy for you to split the rental or treat your whole group to an authentic San Francisco experience. For more information or to make a reservation, just give us a call at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936! All aboard!

Rent a Limo or Party Van to Sample the Best of Bay Area Craft Beers

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on August 8, 2012

Central California has a worldwide reputation for outstanding wines, but some Bay Area brewers have been busy crafting some superb microbrews that are also earning acclaim across the country and around the world. Craft brewing has exploded in popularity in recent years, and San Francisco and the surrounding area now have outstanding brewpubs and restaurants for beer lovers to sample and enjoy. If you and your friends are beer lovers and want to sample some of San Francisco’s best brews, we have an idea: rent a San Francisco limousine or party bus, and design your own craft beer pub crawl! Some of the best brewers in the area include these:

  • 21st Amendment Brewery
  • Anchor Brewing
  • Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant
  • Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
  • Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery
  • Social Kitchen & Brewery
  • Southern Pacific Brewing Co.
  • Southpaw BBQ
  • Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
  • Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

That’s quite a list, and it is far from complete. Pick a few of your favorites from this list, add a few of your own and start planning your epic pub crawl. To make it extra epic, consider adding a sporting event to the festivities! Make a whole day of it by getting tickets to a Giants, 49ers, A’s, Raiders, Sharks or college sporting event as well. Here is a short list of your luxury transportation options:

If a craft beer pub crawl sounds like your idea of a good time, why not take it one step further and add a chauffeur for the ultimate designated driver? Our San Francisco limousines and party buses are roomy, comfortable, loaded with luxury amenities and very affordable. To review your limo or party bus rental options, please browse the pages of our site. If you have questions or are ready to make a reservation, just give us a call anytime at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936.

CPUC Announces Enforcement Actions to Protect Californians

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on August 6, 2012

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the state agency responsible for protecting Californians against illegal passenger carriers, recently announced enforcement actions against a variety of limousine, bus and shuttle companies. These actions addressed violations of the Public Utilities Code and CPUC rules and regulations during the second quarter of 2012. A total of ten companies received citations and were fined a total of $28,500 for one or more of the following violations:

  • Illegal display of charter-party carrier identification
  • Failing to respond to consumer complaints
  • Operated without a valid authority (suspended or unlicensed) program
  • Advertised a revoked permit number
  • Operated vehicles that are not insured at the required minimum level of public liability and property damage insurance
  • Failed to enroll drivers in DMV Pull Notice program
  • General Order 157-D violation (failed to maintain a current equipment list, no sub-carrier agreement or incomplete waybills)
  • Engaged employees without procuring evidence of workers’ compensation insurance
  • Failed to enroll and/or pre-employment test drivers in a mandatory drug and alcohol
  • Failed to properly report gross revenue earned

A variety of Bay Area limousine companies and other operators throughout California received the fines and citations, and three other companies received criminal filings for serious infractions that included the following:

  • Filing a false claim of proper insurance coverage when the company had no insurance coverage at all
  • Operating a limousine service after having their permit suspended for other violations
  • Operating without a valid authority and various workers’ compensation violations

We pass this information along to our readers on a regular basis in an effort to let them know about the scope of illegal and unethical limo, bus and shuttle services in our state and ways to protect themselves from becoming victims of shady operators. Anyone who wishes to know the names of the companies cited by the CPUC at any given time can visit the CPUC website for more information. Anyone wishing to check out a limousine service, bus charter, airport shuttle or other type of group transportation company before making a reservation can also check out the CPUC site to ensure that they have the proper licensing and insurance coverage.

If you are thinking about renting a San Francisco limo, party bus, luxury coach, cable car or other luxury vehicle for an upcoming event, give us a call at 800-339-8636. We work hard and spare no expense to ensure that we remain in full compliance with all CPUC regulations and put the comfort and safety of our guests above all other considerations. If we sound like the type of Bay Area limo service that you would prefer to do business with, please call us at NLS Limo today for more information and to make a reservation.

Wedding Limo Bus Catches Fire on the Way to Reception

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on July 13, 2012

Some newlyweds in Minnesota and their wedding party had an unexpected detour on the way from the ceremony to their wedding reception recently. Ken and Liz McDonald and their wedding party were relaxing and having fun in the back of their limo bus when one of the bridesmaids noticed smoke rising through the seats. After learning about the smoke, the chauffeur immediately pulled over to the side of Interstate 35 and asked his guests to quickly get out of the limo bus. Everyone got out safely before the bus was engulfed in flames. The groom said that the wedding party got out of the limo bus with little time to spare.

“Two minutes later we were 100 yards from the bus and it was up in flames,” said groom Ken McDonald. “The plume was unbelievable.”

A police officer who stopped to investigate the fire notified the fire department and then transported the bride and groom to their reception. The rest of the wedding party was picked up shortly thereafter by the bride and groom’s parents and made it to the reception without further incident. The limo bus was a complete loss, and the owner is waiting on the report from the fire department to learn how the fire started.

We have heard some strange wedding limo stories over the years, and we frequently pass them along to our readers, but we are delighted that this one has a happy ending. After all, we’re in the happy ending business! We have been the Bay Area’s premier wedding limo bus service for years and are very proud to help couples and their friends and family members celebrate this very important moment in their lives. In addition to San Francisco wedding limo buses, we also offer many other kinds of wedding transportation, including the following:

If you’re planning to get married and are looking for a San Francisco wedding limo bus, stretch limousine or any other type of luxury transportation for you and your wedding party, please call us at 800-339-8936 for more information about rates, availability, wedding packages and more. Call NLS Limo today!

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