The importance of quality service offered by taxis cannot be highlighted enough. Demand for taxis are always on a high and taxi agencies must ensure they have the essentials going right for them in order to stay at the top of the competition. Let’s look at some basics that every taxi driver and agency should be familiar with to ensure customer satisfaction.
Managing Time Slots and Deadlines
Customers using a cab to commute to some destination are often restrained with time and have a deadline to meet. For example, a job interview or a meeting, a flight to take, a train to catch or even an important appointment to get to. It would be useless if the taxi arrives late.
When training taxi drivers, it is necessary to shed light on the importance of time and focus on ensuring that the customer doesn’t face any trouble.
Now say a customer had called for a taxi and the taxi driver did end up getting late, due to external factors, such as an accident on the road or heavy traffic, the driver must be prepared with ideas on how to tackle the situation to avoid discomfort for the customer. He or she should either inform the customer, and send another driver who is probably nearer to the customer, or ask the customer if there is any leverage in the time and try to get there as soon as possible.
Familiarization with Logistics
Sending untrained and new taxi drivers who are not familiar with directions of the area is not advised, since it will waste time of the customer and also end up costing more than a normal ride. Secondly taxi drivers should be aware of the road networks and other important logistics, such as airport terminals for specific airlines, or train lines and their routes, so they can guide customers and reduce delays.
This will help both the agency and customer, because the taxi service will be a dependable one, which the customer will want to use every time.
Apps and Online Presence
Taxi services internationally have started offering Apps which can be used by customers to order or book a taxi ride, whenever they want, by simply placing the details into the App. This adds convenience and ease to the process, increasing customer satisfaction and reducing effort. On the other hand, it is also a good way to secure data on the customers and also get all the required details, like phone number and address, so the service doesn’t lose any information while noting it down over the phone.
Having a website is also a must in today’s digital world, where customers like to learn about businesses and their processes. Upload all information and average rates on the website, the different ways to approach the service as well as frequently asked questions etc.
Having a strong digital presence not only provides more options to customers when searching for taxi services but also helps in business growth.
Going The Extra Mile
Customers with special needs must be kept into consideration at all times, and special effort must be made to offer them top service and convenience. Special taxis should be available for customers with special needs, such as wheel chairs, so they can avail the taxi service as well in order to go from one place to another with ease. The same taxis can also be used for patients who need special attention during commuting.
Other than focusing on the above, the taxi driver should be friendly, polite and willing to help out the customer. For example, if the customer is someone very old, and requires assistance with the luggage, then the taxi driver should offer assistance.
The drivers should be responsible, and take it upon themselves to get the customer to their destination with ease and more importantly on time. If for example, the customer forgets their phone or say wallet in the cab, there should be a special lost and found department, which should look into keeping the items safe till the customer comes and collects them or makes a request on the website.
Keeping customer needs and comfort in focus, will ensure loyal customers who will always value the great experience offered by your cab agency.