The safety of our clients and staff are our highest priority.
Passengers: A maximum of three passengers can travel in one of our cars at any one time.
Age: Children do not need to be accompanied by an adult in order to travel as all of our drivers have advanced criminal records checks. We have standard backless booster seats available for children weighing over 22kg (3st 7lbs) who are also over 125cm (4ft 1ins) tall. It is the responsibility of the customer or booking agent that the adequate child seating is available. We have one rear facing baby seat that is avaliable upon request. It is the responsiblity of the driver to ensure that passengers under 14 years of age wear a seatbelt. Passengers over 14 years of age are responsible for their own seatbelt.
Height: There is no formal legal height limit to travelin our cars, however, we enforce our own limitations of 190cm (6ft 3”).
Weight: The max weight we can carry in our cars is 425kg (66st / 937lbs) total, including all passengers and luggage. This works out as a max average of 106kg per person (16.7st / 233lbs).
We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone wishing to travel in our vehicles. Reasons for refusal can include but are not limited to: not holding a valid booking, exceeding the above vechile limitations, drunk or abusive behaviour, material damage to the vehcile.
In Car Safety
To save space, reduce fuel consumption and reduce the risk of injury, we do not carry spare tyres or the tools required to change a wheel in the vehicle. Instead, we carry Tyre Weld. This is a product that you can spray into the wheel to re-inflate the tyre and seal the puncture temporarily to finish the tour. Instructions for implementation can be found on the side of the canister.
In the unlikely event of a breakdown the driver will suspend the tour when it is safe to do so. The driver will call the office and arrange for another car to continue the tour (subject to availability); the turnaround time for this is usually 30 minutes. Passengers will be escorted from the side of the road to a safe area to wait. Should we not be able to provide a replacement car for the client within 30 minutes, the remainder of the tour will be rescheduled. All our cars have fleet breakdown cover. Their average callout time is 45 minutes. Should no replacement be available, we will refund the outstanding percentage of the tour without question.
Fire Safety Procedure
Although we have never experienced a fire, it is important to know what to do should one occur:
A small / basic First Aid kit can be found in the boot of each car should the need arise. We have a comprehensive First Aid Kit at our depot. Our drivers are not trained to administer First Aid so any help the client seeks from the driver directly is done so at their own risk.
Our cars range from 1970s-2000s. We take great pride in maintaining our fleet of classic cars to the highest possible standards. The cars undergo daily, weekly, monthly, bi-annual and annual checks and services.
Every time the car is taken out the driver must check the tyre tread level, brake lights, head lights, indicators, hazard warning lights, horn and seat belts to make sure all are in perfect working order.
Every week the following items are checked and maintained accordingly: Oil level, brake fluid level, clutch fluid level, tyre tread level, indicators, head lights, hazard warning lights, brake lights, reversing light, and horn.
Every six month all cars undergo a full service. Typically, we change the air filters, oil, oil filter, spark plugs, radiator hoses, ball joints and a full MOT. The cars need to have a MOT every six month to comply with our licensing regulations. Parts are lifed well below their capability and pre-emptively replaced before failure to reduce the possibility of breakdowns. This means we have some of the most well maintained and safest classic cars on the road today.
We require the following information from all customers, agents, resellers, third-party bookers and intermediaries in order to carry out our service successfully:
Booking agent name (if applicable), Booking agent number (if applicable), Booking agent email (if applicable), Client name, Client email, Client number, Client Hotel, Pick up date, Pick up time, Pick up location (within Zone 1), Service booked.
Any issues/ refunds arising as a direct result of a lack of the above information shall be the responsibility of the agent, customer or booker, not smallcarBIGCITY.
Once a booking is made, any amendments to that booking must be clearly identified and conveyed in writing via email at least three days prior to the service date. We will send written confirmation of this change back in writing.
Departure times can vary by up to 20 minutes. If we are running late because of an unforeseen circumstance, we will call the customer to make them aware so please ensure that a valid mobile telephone number is supplied when booking.
If a client is late to arrive at the arranged pick-up point, the driver will wait up to 30 minutes before the appointment is automatically cancelled. Please note no refund will be given in these circumstances.
All services require a credit/debit card or paid invoice to secure the booking. See Terms and Conditions of Cancellation for details on how to amend or cancel your booking.
smallcarBIGCITY cannot be held responsible for traffic jams, delays, irregularities in scheduling, bad weather or the loss or theft of personal objects. If a tour is interrupted at the request of the client, the client will not be entitled to any reimbursement.
Films, Photo Shoots, Props and Corporate Hire: Should a member of the hiring crew need to drive the vehicle, it is the responsibility of the hiree to provide adequate insurance. smallcarBIGCITY cannot be held responsible for damages. Any damages incurred during the time of hiring will be invoiced retrospectively.
Self Drive Hire
We will need the following information to hire a car from us:
A full driving license held for at least 3 years
Proof of address (bank statement, utility bill, council tax, no mobile phone)
Credit or debit card to secure the deposit
Additional drivers can be added for £50 each
Refundable Damage Deposit: £1500 per car
Props such as the blue overalls, tweed flat caps and gold bars will be counted before and after the event. Any lost items will be chargeable at the following rate – £20 per flat cap / bar of gold, £50 per boiler suit.
Invoices must be paid in full by the due date. Outstanding invoices that are more than 28 days overdue are subject to interest charges of the Bank Of England’s Base Rate +8% applied on a weekly basis.
Wedding Chauffeur Service
The service consists of one journey from a chosen location to the chosen venue, and one further journey from the venue to a secondary chosen location. We will deliver the cars to any venue within Zone 1, free of charge. Venues outside of this parameter will be quotable on a job by job basis.
*Refunds within 3 days (72hrs) of the scheduled event time are sometimes possible in extenuating circumstances such as COVID, severe weather or delayed flights and are down the discretion of the management at the time, we are reasonable people!
In the unlikely event that you are unhappy with any of the services smallcarBIGCITY provides, claims must be made in writing to the address below, no more than 30 days after the date of your tour.
8 Northumberland Avenue
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We are licenced and regulated by the Public Carriage Office. Operator Licence Number 06258. All our cars are maintained to the highest standard and we are required to have a new MOT every six months. Despite this, they are still classic cars and can on occasion break down. If this is the case the client will be entitled to a full refund, but will not be entitled to any compensation for loss of time.
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We are not Uber. We do not have off shore accounts that we use as tax havens. SME’s are the life blood of the economy. The more we grow the more tax we pay. VAT, PAYE, Corporation Tax, Employee Contributions, Employer Contributions and many many more all contribute into topping up the chancellor’s pot. Your money allows us to pay our staff above minimum wage, run a business within the UK and buy goods and services locally. This all helps reduce government spending and keeps us in a strong position within the world’s economy, so thanks!
Our journeys are not just carbon neutral, they are carbon negative. This means we plant twice as many trees as we use. We work with the Woodland Trust to create 250m2 of new native woodland each year. The Woodland Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales (No. 294344) and in Scotland (No. SC038885). In time this will absorb at least 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide, helping with our strategy to reduce our business carbon footprint. The Woodland Carbon project is certified under the Woodland Carbon Code which is the UK’s first ever government approved carbon certification scheme. We also use a waterless car valeting company called Dropless to clean the fleet, so we have reduced the amount of water we use as a company by 90%. You can enjoy your Mini tour even more, safe in the knowledge that by buying our product, you are not contributing to global warming in any way, shape or form. Our full sustainability promise car be read here.
We are incredibly passionate about our product and feel that people from all walks of life should be able to experience it. That is why every week we choose a local school, charity, shelter, or not for profit organisation to offer our services free of charge to less fortunate/disabled children from all over London. If you would like to be added to our list then please contact us here. We are proud to announce our main charity partner is Centre Point, who have been giving young homeless people in London a future since 1969! Centrepoint is a registered charity in England & Wales, No. 292411
When we first launched, we did not have a clue what we were doing, had never written a business plan before and generally made quite a few fundamental errors! Making the decision to set up shop on your own is a scary and lonely business. We have set up a mentoring program so that we can hopefully steer future entrepreneurs away from some of the mistakes that we made in the early days and experience growth/profitability as fast as possible. 80% of new businesses fail in their first year so we want to try and contribute to reducing that statistic. If you are interested in our mentoring program, please contact us here.