A new private hire and taxi service is now available in Glasgow as two local firms have announced a merger.
Glasgow Private Hire and Hampden Cars, which have both been operating in the city for more than 20 years, will be known as GlasGO Cabs.
GlasGO Cabs is now one of the largest private hire and taxi services in Glasgow, covering all areas citywide. It also has the benefits of being a dual fleet, meaning there are private and public cars to suit a variety of requirements and occasions.
It promises to get people from A to B in the fastest, safest and cheapest way possible and it can reduce waiting time with its huge fleet of drivers.
GlasGO Cabs has also launched an app to coincide with the new company announcement. The app will mean customers can easily book its service and even link their credit card so payment is stress-free.
Hampden Cars general manager Martin Hogg explained: “In a nutshell, customers will now get an improved service because we have a bigger fleet. Technology is also playing a part as we are doing a big push on contactless payments in vehicles, including Apple Pay.
“We are encouraging people to download the app and book via that platform as it means you can pay without pulling your credit card out your pocket.”
GlasGO Cabs has also made sure that every vehicle follows the latest government guidelines and is safe during the pandemic. Vehicles are regularly sanitised and the customer’s comfort during a journey is at the forefront of every driver’s mind.
A new era
Although these two companies might have been once known as competitors, the pandemic made the owners see the potential of working together to create a stronger service for its staff and customers.
“The two owners started talking and came up with the idea as it made sense to join forces and move forward together,” explained Martin. “Everybody is looking forward to coming out of lockdown and to start a new chapter. Personally, it’ll be great to see a bigger company flourishing in Glasgow and hopefully take the lion’s share of the market.”
Glasgow Private Hire manager Stuart Brennan agrees. He said: “I’ve been involved in the taxi industry for a long time and it’s good to see this progression. The feedback so far from both companies is optimistic and GlasGO Cabs is going to build a very large and invincible fleet.
“But the reason to merge was always about better service for our customers. That will always be our priority.”
GlasGO Cabs also has big plans for the future as it looks ahead to phase two of Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone in 2023. The company plans to go electric and create an eco-friendly fleet which will be rolled out over the next few years.
“I think we will be a force to be reckoned with!” added Stuart.