this agreement the following definitions apply unless the context requires
shall mean the amount due under the terms of this agreement, less any deposits
shall mean a period for which the hirer has committed to the hire and the full
amount of the hire has been paid
Form' shall mean a form signed by the Hirer accepting these terms and
conditions and providing detail of the Hire, Charges and Deposit.
shall mean the driver of the vehicle
Company’ shall mean Astar Executive Hire
and or Chariots Executive Hire
and or Chariots Executive Hire
shall mean the amount due under the terms of this agreement to secure a
Date' shall mean the date that the balance of the Hire Charge is due
shall have the meaning of any employee of the company, including any driver or
chauffeur employed by the company or agency contracted by the Company
shall mean the period for which the vehicle has been hired or has been reserved
shall be deemed to be the person who has signed the hire agreement and/or the
person responsible for the payment of the hire
Agreement' shall have the meaning of the contract between the Hirer and
the Company for which these terms and conditions apply
Charge' shall mean the amount due at any time under the terms of this
shall have the meaning person or persons accompanying the hirer as his or her
guest or invitees
shall been deemed to mean a hire where a deposit has been paid to hold the date,
but the full amount has not been paid
Events' shall mean concerts, public holidays, proms, race days, sporting
events, weddings or any hire where the period exceeds 8 hours
shall mean any car or limousine supplied by the company to the hirer
Hire Agreement shall be between the Hirer and the Company.
hirer shall be responsible for the proper behaviour of all of the passengers and
shall be primarily responsible for any damage caused to the vehicle howsoever
caused. It is an express condition of the hire that the hirer accepts this
hirer shall be fully responsible and liable for any damage caused both inside
and outside the vehicle by the hirer or a member of his or her party, howsoever
caused. This includes incitement or behaviour resulting in damage to the vehicle
or its contents by a third party. The hirer expressly agrees to be held liable
for the retail cost of any repair as a consequence of any damage caused. The
hirer further agrees that the company may at its entire discretion determine the
supplier who will undertake the repairs. Furthermore, the hirer shall be
responsible for payment of a fixed rate, which shall be determined by the
company at its sole discretion, for the period during which the vehicle cannot
be used as a consequence of said damage and repairs. That notwithstanding, the
hirer shall also be responsible for any further losses that are incurred as a
result of lost bookings.
hirer holds the company harmless of any liability for any personal or material
damages arising from the conduct of his or her party.
company shall not be held liable or responsible for any articles left in the
vehicle and the Hirer specifically indemnifies the company from any such
responsibility and undertakes to advise all other persons in his or her party.
Where the Company is requested to return an article that has been left in the
Vehicle the Hirer specifically indemnifies the Company from any responsibility
for loss in transit. In addition, the Hirer agrees to pay the Company any costs
incurred for the return of the article. Unless requested in writing, the Company
will return the article using the standard postal service. Where the article is
considered to be of high value then it will be the responsibility of the Hirer
to arrange collection.
Company cannot guarantee to collect the Hirer or the Hirer's party from any
specific location due to in part, road restrictions and limitations of the
vehicle itself, the Company and the Chauffeur will use its best endeavours to
collect the Hirer or the Hirer's party from the designated address, but shall
not be obliged to do so. Where a direct collection from a specific address or
location is not possible, the Chauffeur will contact the Hirer to advise an
alternative location or address for collection of the Hirer or the Hirer's
party. The Hirer expressly accepts this condition.
If in the sole opinion of the Company or the Chauffeur, the weather conditions are such that the safety of the Hirer, the Chauffeur or the Vehicle may be compromised or placed at risk then the Company or the Chauffeur may at its entire discretion cancel the Hire in part or in its entirety. In such circumstances the liability of the Company shall be limited to a refund of the Hire Charge. For the avoidance of doubt, if the Hire has not commenced, then this shall be limited to the amount paid for the Hire by the Hirer, if the Hire is curtailed during the journey, then the calculation of any refund shall be based on a percentage of the Hire charge to be determined at the entire discretion of the Company. The Hirer expressly accepts that the Company or the Chauffeur shall retain this discretion in the interests of the safety of the occupants and the Vehicle, furthermore, the Hirer expressly accepts that the liability of the Company shall be limited to any refund of the Hire charge or part thereof.
Hirer is responsible for the general conduct and behaviour of his or her party.
consumption of food is not permitted in any of the vehicles unless specific
agreement has been made to the contrary at the time of the booking and agreed in
the Company supplies complimentary drinks, these must be consumed in the vehicle
and may not be removed for any reason whatsoever. In the event that drinks are
removed, then the Company may at its sole discretion, recover the replacement
cost from the Hirer. The Company will not allow red wine to be consumed in the
vehicle at any time owing to the potential damage to the interior as a
consequence of spillage.
opening of Champagne bottles can be hazardous to the occupants of the vehicle
and may give rise to damage to the Vehicle, therefore Champagne bottles may only
be opened by the Chauffeur or by the Hirer or his or her party outside and away
from the vehicle.
The Hirer accepts responsibility on behalf of the Hirer’s party for any losses or damage to the property of the Company that is provided in the limousine for the benefit or the pleasure of the passengers. This includes, but is not limited to, glassware, CD’s, DVD’s, Video tapes and the like.
Hirer accepts that the Company adopts a strict no smoking policy in all of its
vehicles and that any failure to adhere to this policy will result in the
immediate termination of the Hire without any refund. In addition to which, the
Hirer shall be held responsible for the cost of a valet and any damage caused as
a consequence of the Hirer of his or her party failing to adhere to this
is a legal requirement that all passengers wear a seat belt where fitted. All of
our Vehicles are fitted with seat belts up to the maximum number of passengers
allowed by law. Therefore, all passengers in the party are required to wear a
seat belt; failure to do so, will result in the immediate termination of the
Hire, without any form of compensation. The Hirer specifically indemnifies the
Company and the Chauffeur against any fines imposed as a consequence of the
passengers failing to comply with this legal requirement.
Company does not permit the taking of any illegal drugs or partaking of any
illegal activities whilst in the Vehicle, failure to abide by this condition
will result in the immediate termination of the Hire without any refund.
Hirer expressly accepts that except in cases of an emergency, only the Chauffeur
may open and close doors, this is a safety precaution to minimise the risk of
accidents and damage to the Vehicle. The Company will not be held responsible
for accidents caused as a consequence of the Hirer or his or her party failing
to adhere to this condition and the Hirer accepts full responsibility for any
damage to the Vehicle and or any third party as a result of the Hirer or
Hirer’s party failing to adhere to this condition.
Company gives notice to the Hirer, who shall undertake to advise all others in
his or her party of the transmission hump in the centre of our stretched
limousines and some of our cars, which must be negotiated with care when
entering and exiting the Vehicle. The Company shall not be held liable or
responsible for any incidents that occur as a failure to heed this advice.
maximum number of passengers that can legally be carried in a stretched
limousine is 8, the Hirer expressly accepts this legal restriction and accepts
that the Chauffeur shall be required by the company to refuse to carry more than
the statutory maximum. The Hirer further accepts that failure to adhere to this
road traffic regulation would likely result in the vehicle and its passengers
being uninsured. In addition, the Chauffeur and the Company could be prosecuted
as a consequence. Therefore there will be no compromises on this safety issue.
the Hirer has asked for a child seat to be fitted, it is the responsibility of
the Hirer to ensure that the seat is correctly fitted before placing an infant
into the seat. If the Hirer does not consider that the seat provides sufficient
protection or that it is not fitted correctly, then the Hirer shall not allow
the infant to travel. The child seat is provided as a courtesy to the Hirer and
or the Hirer's party and does not form part of the contract for Hire. Therefore,
the Company shall not be held responsible if the infant cannot travel.
Hirer accepts that owing to weight restriction, there must be a limit on the
amount of luggage that can be safely and legally carried in our vehicles. The
Hirer should, if in doubt, advise the Company in writing and in advance of
the Hire of the number of pieces of luggage that they wish to carry, the
dimensions and the approximate weight. The Company will then use its best
endeavours to provide advice on the suitability for carriage in terms of size
and weight. However, the Hirer expressly agrees that the final determination as
to the decision on whether or not the luggage can be safely or practically
carried is with the Chauffeur. The Hirer expressly accepts that the decision of
the Chauffeur shall be final and indemnifies the Company against any loss,
consequential or otherwise as a result of the decision of the Chauffeur.
Irresponsible behaviour that could give rise to damage to the Vehicle or endanger the safety of the other passengers will not be tolerated in any form. This includes, but is not limited to, sitting on the exterior of the Vehicle, hanging out of the windows, shouting abuse to other road users or pedestrians, rudeness or intolerance directed at the Chauffeur, misuse of the equipment, fixtures or consumables within the Vehicle and wilful or accidental damage to the Vehicle generally. Such behaviour may, at the sole discretion of the Chauffeur, the Company or its employees result in the immediate termination of the Hire without compensation. In addition, the Hirer shall be held liable and responsible for any loss, howsoever caused, by the irresponsible behaviour of his or her party.
Limitation of liability
accepts and indemnifies the Company and its employees against any loss,
consequential or otherwise as a result, direct or otherwise of a failure to meet
time deadlines. It is entirely the responsibility of the Hirer to ensure that
there is adequate time to travel to and from destinations, the Company or its
employees will provide advice, but this does not form any part of the contract
between the Hirer, the Hirer’s party or the Company and its Employees.
the Hirer indemnifies the Company against any and all claims as a result, direct
or otherwise, consequential or otherwise, of a failure to arrive at the
destination at the appropriate time or at all.
Hirer expressly accepts that in car entertainment such as television screens,
video and DVD equipment is provided as a courtesy and its use and/or
availability does not form part of the Hire. In the event that any equipment
fitted to the Vehicle malfunctions prior to or during the hire, the Company
accepts no liability whatsoever and no compensation shall be provided in such
instances, nor will the Company accept any claims for any form of refund.
the event that a Vehicle is subject to an accident or mechanical failure, or is
no longer safe to drive, then the Company shall make alternative arrangements to
get the Hirer and his or her party to their destination. The Company may at its
entire discretion determine the method of onward travel, alternatively the
Hirer, or his or her party may make alternative arrangements at their cost, for
which no claim can be made against the Company. The Hirer specifically accepts
that the Hire is based on a best endeavours basis and therefore, no specific
guarantees can be made in terms of time, reliability of the Vehicle and/or
events out of the direct control of the Chauffeur or the Company.
Company assumes no responsibility nor does it provide any guarantees whatsoever
for ensuring that the Hirer arrives at his or her destination on time. It is
entirely the responsibility of the Hirer to determine whether the Vehicle has
been hired for a period sufficient to cover eventualities such as, but not
limited to, traffic accidents, roadworks and peak traffic periods. In addition,
the Hirer is responsible for ensuring that the Hire commences at a time that
allows for such eventualities. The Company will not provide any refunds for such
eventualities and any additional time over and above the Booking period shall be
charged at the appropriate rate.
time is critical, this includes, but is not limited to Special Events, the
Company recommends that the Hirer allow sufficient time to ensure that no
disruption to the schedule is incurred as a result of unexpected or unavoidable
delays. When planning for such events, the Company recommends that the Hirer
ensure the Vehicle is at the collection point at least one hour prior to
departure. The Hirer accept full responsibility for failing to follow this
advice and in any event indemnifies the Company and its Employees against
any loss, consequential or otherwise as a result, direct or otherwise of a
failure to meet time deadlines.
the Company accepts responsibility whether in full or in part for a failure to
perform its obligations under the terms of this contract then the extent of any
liability shall be limited to the Hire Charge.
Company reserves the right to change the specification of the Vehicle at any
time, provided that where the replacement Vehicle is of a lesser value or
specification, an appropriate adjustment is made in favour of the Hirer. The
Company undertakes to use its best endeavours to ensure that the Vehicle booked
is the one provided for the Hire.
Although the Company rarely does so, the Company reserves the right to sub-contract any Hire to a third party without reference to the Hirer, in such circumstances The Company shall be responsible for payment to the 3rd party of charges relating to the standard Hire. However, in the event that any additional services are provided, which include, but are not limited to, excess mileage, additional hours or damage to the Vehicle then the Company retains all rights to charge the Hirer.
Payments and Deposits
make a reservation the Hirer shall be required to pay a Deposit which shall be
the amount of 25% of the hire charge plus VAT.
VAT will be charged at the appropriate rate. Reservations are accepted on
a best endeavors basis and the Company may at its entire discretion, cancel the
Hire up to 21 days prior to the Hire date. Conversely, the Hirer may cancel up
to 21 days prior to the Hire date and receive a full refund less a charge of £25
plus VAT to cover administration costs and loss of potential earnings.
the event that the Hirer issues a cancellation less than 21 days, but more than
14 days prior to the Hire date the hirer agrees to pay to the company the amount
of 25% of the hire charge plus VAT.
cancellation received by the company after fourteen days prior to the Hire date
will be subject to the full charge of the Hire.
Balance becomes due 14 days prior to the date of the Hire.
Failure to pay on or before the Due Date will result in the cancellation
of the Hire and the loss of any Deposit paid. The Hirer accepts that the Company
does not issue a reminder when the Balance is due and it is entirely the Hirer's
responsibility to ensure that the Balance is paid on or before the Due Date.
payment has not been discharged by the Due Date, this shall be deemed a breach
of this Hire Agreement and the full amount of the Hire shall become immediately
due from the Hirer; the Company may also at its sole discretion cancel the Hire
Agreement, whilst pursing the claim against the Hirer. The fact that the hire
may not take place as a result of this breach does not derogate the
responsibility of the Hirer to pay the full amount due.
payments are made by cheque, the Hirer is responsible for ensuring that the
Company receives payment in sufficient time to allow clearance by the Due Date.
The Company will not under any circumstances whatsoever, complete a Hire where
payment has not cleared on the Due Date, or in any event on the date of the
The Company requires that a credit card be provided prior to, or on the night of the Hire as a security against any damage or loss sustained by the Company. The hirer accepts and agrees that any consequential charges as a result of damage or loss sustained by the company may be charged to the card.
permitting, the Chauffeur may be willing to collect additional passengers,
subject to the maximum that the Vehicle can carry, at alternative locations.
However, any additional mileage or time shall be charged to the Hirer. Whilst
the Chauffeur will attempt to accommodate any last minute changes, the final
decision shall remain with the Chauffeur and the Hirer expressly accepts this
the event that the Hirer makes any changes to the Booking Form within 14 days of
the date of the Hire, then the Company reserves an option to charge £10 plus
VAT for each instance and the Hirer agrees to pay such charges immediately.
changes made prior to the Hire result in additional mileage or additional hours
then the Hirer accepts that an additional charge will become immediately due in
accordance with the charge schedule indicated on the Booking Form. It is the
Hirers responsibility, if in doubt, to confirm with the Company current charges
for additional hours and excess mileage, any failure to do so will not derogate
the Hirers responsibility to pay the charges.
the Hire extends beyond the period of the Booking for any reason whatsoever
including, but not limited to traffic jams, accidents and diversions, the Hirer
accepts that this additional time and mileage shall be charged to the Hirer's
event that the Vehicle has been left in an unreasonable condition by the Hirer
or his or her party, then the Company reserves the right to charge for the cost
of a valet. Such circumstances that could give rise to this charge include, but
are not limited to, spillage of food or drinks, smoking and illness. The minimum
cost of a valet is £85.11 plus VAT, but this amount could increase dependant on
the consequential damage. The responsibility for reimbursement of such cost is
that of the Hirer.
advised otherwise, the Hirer shall be responsible for any parking charges and
any toll or congestion charges, which shall be charged at cost at the time of
hire or will be set against any deposit held by the Company.
the Chauffeur has to collect the Hirer or his or her passengers at a specific
time and is kept waiting for more than 30 minutes, then the Company shall make
an additional charge based on increments of 30 minutes at the appropriate rate. In the case of airport collections, the Company assumes a
waiting time of up to 45 minutes before any charges are imposed for waiting time
and parking, after which the Company shall make an additional charge based on
increments of 30 minutes at the appropriate rate. The Company reserves the right to consider an airport
collection delay in excess of 45 minutes of the flight arrival time to be a
cancellation of the booking unless the passenger and/or Hirer has made contact
with the company to advise otherwise.
Where payment is made by credit card, whether in part or in full the Company shall add 4% of the value to cover the transaction charges paid by the Company, this charge will not be applied where payment is made via a BACS transfer, debit card or cheque.
Hirer must be over the age of 18.
the event that all passengers on the Hire are minors, the Company reserves the
right to insist that an appropriate adult is in attendance at all times, either
in the Vehicle or following the Vehicle. In the event that no appropriate adult
is available and unless the Company has agreed to this in advance in writing,
the Chauffeur or the Company reserves the right to refuse the Hire without right
of a refund.
Company will not allow alcohol to be served to minors whilst in the Vehicle and
the Hirer shall be responsible for ensuring that the Company is advised of any
passenger under the age of 18 years. In the event that minors are seen to be
consuming alcohol, then the Chauffeur shall be entitled to confiscate and
dispose of all alcohol and/or terminate the Hire at his or her entire discretion
without entitlement to a refund.
that account holding customers invoices only become due 14 days following the
date of the Hire, all other condition pertaining to payment remain in force,
including cancellation clauses.
the event that the Hirer is a business then that business shall assume the
responsibility of the Hirer and will be bound to advise the party or passengers
of the terms and conditions of this Hire.
any term or condition is found to be invalid for any reason whatsoever this
shall not deem this agreement to be invalid and all other terms shall remain in
force. This agreement shall be
actioned and determined under English law.
Company may at its entire discretion refuse any Hire without explanation or
Astar Executive Hire, 5 Sandy Lane,
Manchester M29 7ED
Tel. 0845 634 4596
Fax. 0845 050 7604