Coastline Transportation LLC is an authorized for hire passenger transportation service granted operating authority by the Michigan Deptartment of Transportation. We specialize in and focus or attentjion on non emergency medical transportation,
Taxi services are regulated by the local municipality in which they operate. A Taxi can also apply for and be granted an operating authority through MDOT however many, including the services in our local rural area, are not.
In order to be granted an authorized for hire operating authority, there are some basic conditions that must be met. Below is a short non inclusive comparision of the differences between a 'taxi' and an 'authorized for hire' service
For Hire Service Taxi
Requierd $1 Million in Liability Insurance Yes No
Regular DOT Vehicle Inspection Yes No
Regular Driver Record Look-Up Yes No
Must Charge using a rate meter No Yes
(Taxi metered rates are typically set by the local governing municipality in which the taxi service operates.)
Check with your local municipality regarding what those rates are and what regulations they have in place for your safety while utilizing a taxi service.
Often, we give a potential customer a price for a requested trip. Occasionally, the customer will respond with 'the taxi said they would charge this much" Will you match that price? All the customer sees is the price from traveling from point a to point b. We try to explain to the customer that we do not price match with a taxi service. Our rates are set based upon our equiippent (vehicles) and other operating expenses and overhead which include our liability insurance, maintenance, labor and other costs of doing business. Competing companies may not have the same expenses and therefor charge different rates.
For example: If you are at Applebee's and order a hamburger, a side and a beverage, are you going to try and bargain with them that a hamburger at Wendy's is less expensive? A hamburger is a hamburger right? Obviously not. The enviroenment, service, and quality all play a role. You pay the price set by the establishment for that order. Passenger transportation services are also quite different.
You may have heard the term, "you get what you pay for". In many situations this is absolutely true, inclduing passenger transportation service. We probably will not be the least expensive option.
If you would like to travel in a clean, safety inspeced and modern vehicle, with a friendly record checked driver who is professionally dressed in business casual attire, our service is for you.
Have a safe trip!