Longleys Private Hire was established in 1966, making us the longest-established provider of a Private Hire service in Canterbury. We are licensed and regulated by Canterbury City Council, and operate from our facility in Canterbury City Centre.
We are a family business. Our staff and drivers are treated like family, and that is reflected in our drivers, who treat our customers like they are family.
In short, we all do our best to support and look after the community that we work in.
Our modern fleet of air-conditioned vehicles are all bright red and branded with the Longleys logo for easy identification.
- 4 passenger saloon / sedan
- 4 passenger estate / station wagon
- 5 passenger MPV
- 6 passenger MPV
- 7 passenger MPV
- 8 passenger MPV
- 8 passenger MPV with additional luggage space
- Panel van with driver (Luggage vehicle, Light Removals, Light Haulage)
Our vehicles are licensed by Canterbury City Council, and are subject to a rigorous safety inspection every 6 months that includes a full MOT test. They are fully insured for the purpose of Hire & Reward.
The vehicles are then subject to a weekly mechanical safety inspection by our in-house motor engineer. All aspects of the cars mechanical condition are checked, and repaired / serviced where required.
Our drivers perform a check on the vehicles twice-daily. They check the fluid levels, lights, wipers, tyre condition and the cleanliness of the vehicle.
In short, you couldn’t be in a safer vehicle.
Our cars are valeted every morning, and frequently get a spruce up during a busy shift. The exterior is washed and polished, and the interior is vacuumed and dressed where required.
To maintain hygiene in what is essentially a public vehicle, the interior is stripped regularly to expose all interior surfaces, and is treated with an anti-biological cleaner to remove germs and bacteria.
Most of our drivers have lived in the area for a long time, and have been carefully selected for the way they put customers at ease. Some of our drivers have been with us for over 20 years!
We don’t just accept any driver with a badge – apart from fitting our company culture, before an individual can drive for us they must complete the following:
- Enhanced CRB check
- Local knowledge test
- Medical Assessment by GP
- Obtain a Private Hire Drivers Licence from Canterbury City Council
- In-depth background check for Government contracts
- A driving assessment with a DSA instructor. This has a focus on awareness, use of speed, lane discipline, road positioning and passenger comfort.
- A training and mentoring programme within one month of start date, conducted by our in-house training manager.
If you are interested in becoming a driver for Longleys, please go to our recruitment page for more information.
All of our vehicles are tracked using the very latest in GPS technology and a partnership with TomTom Satellite Navigation means that we know exactly where our cars are and how long they will take to get to you. Our system works on the National Address and Postcode database, so our drivers never have trouble finding an address, even if you live in the middle of nowhere!
There are no noisy two-way radios in a Longleys cab, every job is dispatched from a central computer system to the car by secure mobile internet. The vehicle is tracked throughout the journey for your complete peace of mind.