PCO drivers will have realized that the private hire industry has become more aggressive than ever, making it essential to remain one step ahead of the competition in order to get work.
Arrow Car Hire wants to give PCO drivers like you the best advice possible on how to spend more time on the road with clients while reducing dead mileage.
Here are our top 3 suggestions for finding more work.
1. Shifts and locations must be changed to keep up with the Night Tube.
The journey customers travel to go home has changed significantly since the introduction of the Night Tube service last year. The number of pickups in central London has decreased as expected, but what’s fascinating to observe is that pickups from suburban stations have increased.
Uber claims that Uber pickups from Night Tube stations have increased by 63 % on average, with some stations seeing increases of more than 300 %. Uber claims that trips beginning within 200 metres of Night Tube stations have increased by 22% while the Night Tube is operating.
So, in order to fulfil this rising demand, it could be worth considering changing shifts and locations.
2. Find passengers at Heathrow’s AVA car park — and enjoy a well-earned break while you’re there!
Last summer, Heathrow Airport decided to make the life of thousands of PCO drivers who pick up passengers easier by creating a reserved parking lot for them. It’s a terrific location to relax, grab a bite to eat, interact with other drivers, and simply relax in the luxury of your own vehicle.
You’ll need to be in this area to find customers because Uber will geofence you.
The Authorised Vehicle Area, as it is officially known, is a private car parking that is exclusively for PCO drivers, hence the parking costs there are significantly lower than the usual rate. On-site catering and toilet facilities are also available.
3. Work during the busiest periods
Drivers inform us that their busiest times are between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. on weekdays to capture rush-hour passengers, and between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. to get after-work rides at railway stations, pubs, and restaurants.
They are busiest on Friday and Saturday nights between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., as transportation choices are restricted until then. The busiest times on weekends are mid-morning and Sunday evenings between 4 and 7 p.m.
So, from the night tube to taking breaks, we believe you’ve learned something new that will assist you to get more work on the roadways. Do you think we’ve missed something? Then send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the whole Arrow Car Hire team, we wish you all the best on the road.