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New Year's Eve brings busy night for taxi, limousine drivers in KC

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Posted at 10:17 PM, Dec 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-31 23:17:24-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With many people out at New Year’s Eve parties and gatherings, Monday night proved to be a busy one for taxi and limousine drivers across the metro.

Leader Worldwide Chauffeur Services, which operates luxury limousines and is based out of offices at Wheeler Downtown Airport, said it was fully booked leading into the holiday and had over 100 customers to drive around for New Year’s Eve.

“To be a chauffeur, you got to love people and love driving,” said Leader Worldwide founder Bruce Heinrich. “It’s just smart having somebody look out for you and set yourself up for success.”

Heinrich showed 41 Action News around one of the luxury limousines before he headed out to pick up a group of passengers.

Preparations for the big night included stocking up the bar inside and cleaning the car for a big night ahead.

“They asked for some specifics so we got them a couple nice bottles of champagne,” said Heinrich, while showing off the bottles inside. “We have some Patron, some Hennessey and some water because we want our people to stay hydrated.”

While taking passengers to and from gatherings, Heinrich told 41 Action News that keeping everyone safe is his primary goal.

“You really have to watch out for the other drivers on the road,” he said. “It’s probably one of the most dangerous nights to drive.”

With a busy night on New Year’s Eve, Heinrich said he and other drivers around the metro played an important role for the holiday.

“We want everybody to have a safe time and get home safe,” he said. “That’s the main thing.”