Stealthy Firm Plans Real-Time Driver Safety Audits, But Will There Be A Need?

How closely should companies watch who is driving their people around? Execs needing to reduce risk use chauffeured services that outline data privacy, insurance and safety commitments in corporate contracts. VIPs can get dedicated drivers. Other employees traditionally used taxis, putting faith in public protections. Then came Uber and a regulatory melee.

While companies with these concerns may involve legal, risk or other departments, some travel managers must vet with little support. Many organizations are just looking the other way.

Ridecheq, a New Jersey-based certification company aiming to start services early next year, wants to help. About two years . . .

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Author: Jay Campbell

Jay Campbell in 2004 created travel business newsletter The Beat, in 2006 co-founded Travel Procurement magazine and in 2010 integrated them with Business Travel News. He served as editorial director until 2013. Jay made his travel industry media debut in 1993 at the Air Travel Journal of Boston while earning his undergraduate degree in journalism at Boston University.

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Caroline Strachan
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I like the quote about getting off the safest form of transport into the unknown. There are some great providers who are super hot on background checks, others not so much. I remember one situation where an undercover documentary exposed a taxi provider in a European country (note how careful I am with the specifics!) who were proven to have some pretty nasty criminals driving for them. As a buyer we had to stop sell immediately and it prompted a review of all other providers. Any firms able to improve auditing and stay on top of this will be most… Read more »