On the 14th November 2019, at the British Motor Museum, Premier Cabs of Blackpool was awarded Private Hire/Taxi Company of the year. Premier fought off strong competition from Addison Lee and Green Tomato Cars, to win this prestigious award.
Managing Director, John Cutler, said "This is a proud moment for Premier Cabs and it's great to put Blackpool on the map as number one in this category". John payed tribute to the Premier management team, office staff, its drivers and the public for their support.
Back in 2015 Premier began their electric adventure, initially ordering fourteen 100% Electric Nissan Leafs. Due to the overwhelming success of the vehicles, customer and driver feedback Premier took the decision to order more. To date Premier have now invested over £3,000,000 on Electric Vehicles and operate well over 100 Nissan Leafs and Nissan e-NV200 Minibuses. To compliment the Electric Taxi fleet Premier also operate the Fylde Coast's largest fleet of Hybrid Electric Vehicles split across the business in Blackpool and Lytham St Annes.
To date Premier's Electric Taxi fleet have completed over 10 Million Zero Emission miles. They believe Electric Vehicles are making a real difference to Blackpool by reducing harmful exhaust related emissions. Premier believe that we all have a responsibility to do what we can for the environment, no matter how small. It is estimated that operating an Electric Taxi fleet has saved Premier's drivers around £1.6 million on fuel alone, not to mention the dramatic reduction in cost of servicing and maintaining the vehicles.
Premier own and operate a network of charging stations at six locations throughout Blackpool for the exclusive use of Premier drivers. All electricity used to charge up the vehicles is from renewable energy sources.
In addition to Premier adopting vehicles with green credentials, their dispatch system is setup to reduce emissions also by utilising a feature called 'closest cab'. This queues jobs for drivers based on their final drop off point meaning the amount of combined miles travelled whilst empty is reduced, along with the overall miles a vehicle will travel in a year being less.
To show their commitment to the environment and greener travel, in September 2018 Premier banned the use of Diesel Vehicles on their fleets across Blackpool and Lytham St Annes to operate a fleet which is made up exclusively of Zero Emission and Hybrid Electric Vehicles.
Premier aim to invest further in Electric Vehicles and will in the near future operate using only 100% Electric Vehicles!