Sunday, October 02, 2022


Chauffeur-driven vehicles are the safest for-hire transportation in New York City, according to new research from global chauffeur service Blacklane. The company’s new report, “Which Ride Service is Safest?” provides a comprehensive look at crash data of the city’s five most common for-hire ride services from 2016-2021.

Blacklane Blacklane CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Jens Wohltorf

“Chauffeurs are synonymous with professionalism, top quality, and attention to detail. Our research shows how those qualities translate into the safest rides,” said Blacklane CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Jens Wohltorf. “Chauffeurs’ defensive driving training and premium vehicles with high safety standards separate them from drivers of other ride services. We can quantify the difference in New York, and we are confident of the industry’s superior safety worldwide.”

Blacklane studied six years of data from New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) across the most popular types for for-hire rides:

  • Black Cars, whose trips were done by high-volume ride-hailing companies, including Uber and Lyft, 97 percent of the time.
  • Liveries, pre-arranged service charging by a flat rate, time, or mileage.
  • Luxury limousines, primarily rides from chauffeur companies in high-quality, late-model sedans and SUVs.
  • Medallion taxis, more commonly known as yellow cabs.
  • Street hail liveries, also known as green taxis.

The findings show that luxury limousines are:

  • Least likely to result in injury in the event of a crash. Injuries could be to a passenger, driver, pedestrian, and/or cyclist.
  • Least likely to be involved in a crash. For every 1 million miles with passengers, luxury limousines crashed 27.3 times. Other services crashed 29.1 to 66.1 times—up to 142 percent more often.
  • Least likely to crash with a resulting injury. For every 1 million miles with passengers, luxury limousine crashes resulted in injuries only 3.8 times. Other services had injury-related crashes 6.1 to 15.7 times—63 to 317 percent more often.

“Kudos go to the New York City luxury limousine industry for its incredible safety record, which raises the bar for all for-hire passenger ground transportation services to help advance our Vision Zero goal,” said Matt Daus of Windels Marx “Hiring qualified and well-trained drivers, who operate the latest-model vehicles equipped with state-of-the-art crash avoidance technology, are key contributors identified in the Blacklane report, which helped make chauffeured rides some of the safest in town.”

The white paper can be downloaded here.

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