SmartCab® Corporate is a highly dynamic browser based application that revolutionizes corporate relationships by directly integrating with transportation provider vendors. The system was developed by SoundView Technologies, Long Island City, NY and transitions from SmartCab®, our industry's first user friendly Windows based dispatch system. SmartCab® Corporate uses XML technology; SmartCab® is the traditional live operator model. Accepted worldwide by the Travel Industry, XML implementation is the efficient solution to eliminate the excessive fees of 3rd party GDS-platform based transmitters.
SmartCab® Corporate is designed to operate under a controlled environment by incorporating a supervisory function within its Administrator Module, thereby providing the necessary corporate tools to enforce corporate policies.
SmartCab® Corporate is a complete transportation solution incorporating Reservation, Billing, Customer Service and Administration modules. No longer is it necessary to call to order a car, wait for car number, send mail or e-mail for customer service or billing issues. All aspects of transportation status and requirements can now be resolved readily and easily on-line, thereby eliminating call waiting time, delays, and inaccurate billing as well as disputed charges.
Due primarily but not limited to runaway fuel prices and the impact on our franchisees, Until now, Elite has singularly refrained from adding Fuel Adjustment charges while fuel offsets were being universally added, both locally by the entire Black Car Industry and nationally in the transportation and airlines industries. During this extended economic downturn of the past three years while we have held corporate rates at the 2008 level, fuel costs have kept increasing. It is only now that for the sake of our Elite Limousine franchisees that we must follow suit. Please remember that the entire Fuel Adjustment is a straight pass through to the drivers.
The Fuel Adjustment surcharge to be added August 15, 2011 has been provided by a US Big Four accounting firm and we believe it to be fair for both Elite clients and Elite Franchisees. The Fuel Adjustment charges shall be added to the trip price as follows:
|*Average Gasoline Cost||Fuel Surcharge|
|$2.99 or lower||$0.00 per ride/No adjustment|
|$3.00 to $5.00||$3.00 per ride|
|$5.01 to $5.99||$5.00 per ride|
|$6.00 to $6.99||$7.00 per ride|
|$7.00 to $7.99||$9.00 per ride|
* The Weekly U.S. Retail Gasoline Prices (Regular Grade) for the U.S., as of the first Monday of each month, shall be utilized to determine the applicable fuel surcharge for that month. The Weekly U.S. Retail Gasoline Prices (Regular Grade) can be obtained on the Internet at: www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/
Elite has completed installation of a natural gas-powered generator to provide backup power resources in a crisis or when regular systems fail. This guarantees operational contingency for the entire Elite headquarters building and all dispatch and billing systems. Reasons for our selection of natural gas over the more commonly used diesel powered systems include:
Effective June 1, 2009 New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, under section TSB-M-09 (2) s, imposed state and local sales tax to â€œtransportation services provided using limousines, black cars and certain other motor vehicles with a driver.â€ The sales tax applies only to trips that begin, remain, and end within New York State.
New York State is now the 2nd in the tri-state to impose sales tax. Effective October 1, 2006 New Jersey N.J.S.A. 54:32 (b)(13) imposed sales tax on transportation services where the trip begins, remains, and ends within New Jersey.
Elite is installing brand new state of the art terminals in Elite's entire fleet. These terminals are equipped with a GPS system, which would pinpoint car's location at any given time eliminating no-show and waiting time disputes. These systems have built-in detailed navigation system and provide turn-by-turn directions to the drivers for easier out-of-town pickups and drop-offs.