New business idea, thoughts?

Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by p3morrisond, Nov 11, 2019.

  1. p3morrisond

    p3morrisond UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    My idea is a private company that assist with protecting cars that are broken down, crashed or need protecting on the motorway or roads.

    Its hard to explain but would have a fleet of cars with flashing lights so that if your awaiting recovery on motorway you have a car that can protect you and make sure your seen.

    Other tasks could be escorting loads etc

    collecting rubbish of roads or assisting police and highways with road closures, lane closures or collecting debris off the roads

    what is your thoughts?
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: p3morrisond Member since: Jul 8, 2018
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  2. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Not sure about the motorway. Your flashing lights make something more visible than hazards? Your car would protect a car from being rammed by a truck?
    Often seen cars broken down / stopped on hard shoulder, rarely see another vehicle with them until breakdown arrives.

    Escorting loads? Yes could be done, though bigger loads (100+ ton etc) the police may still want to escort.

    Is there a market big enough to pay for fleet of vehicles and staff?
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  3. James Johnson

    James Johnson UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Quite like it but you would have to land with a big splash ie you can’t really start with one safety car.
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: James Johnson Member since: Sep 23, 2018
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  4. Stas Lawicki

    Stas Lawicki UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    With so called 'smart motorways' something like this sounds very interesting. Have you thought about how you might be funded? I would guess but the highways agency would be the equivalent organisation that currently does similar stuff. As above, you need logistics and massive upfront investment. If you listen to the traffic reports on the radio on any given day you will hear various problems all over the country - how would you deploy to these areas? would you be stationed at various points along major routes? how many cars would you need? who would wait/drive them? how would you get through traffic on a smart motorways where there is no hard-shoulder to reach the stranded vehicle and folk wont move out of the lane for an amber beacon flashing behind them?

    I don't know anything about this area of business but these are the first things I could think of. Anything that makes driving safer is great, but logistics and funding might be your stumbling block...
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: Stas Lawicki Member since: Nov 14, 2017
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  5. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Isn't this already the job of the Highways Agency Traffic Officers?
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  6. estwig

    estwig UKBF Legend Free Member

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    So your gonna send a car with flashing lights, to get there before the man from AA does to fix the car. But your not going to offer any assistance, otherwise that would make you the man from the AA.

    Great plan, a PLC and crowd funding should have it sorted.
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: estwig Member since: Sep 29, 2006
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  7. Mr D

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    Could be handy to have a warm car for those unable to sit on the grass to sit in while awaiting breakdown.
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  8. estwig

    estwig UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Kinda like Wacky Races, does the non-assistance car with the flashing lights get there first, or the man from the AA.
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: estwig Member since: Sep 29, 2006
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  9. Onthebrightside

    Onthebrightside UKBF Regular Full Member

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    I can't see this as an option. The police would not have a budget for this, so how would you get paid? They rarely want the general public involved in issues like this because they would effectively be endorsing you and whatever you did and they would not do that.

    I am considering also how much people like to drive down their bills, so that many don't even additional insurance with AA/RAC so how would you flog this to people as a must have on top of AA/RAC?
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: Onthebrightside Member since: Oct 29, 2018
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  10. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Police have the manpower already so use them for stuff. Even when its a total waste of manpower.
    What else can they do with the staff?
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  11. BusterBloodvessel

    BusterBloodvessel UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Sorry, this is a mad idea. The recovery truck has flashing lights and can protect you. How would you get there any quicker than the recovery truck? And as mentioned above, the highways officers do this - I regularly see them first on scene to breakdowns or accidents.
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: BusterBloodvessel Member since: Jan 22, 2018
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  12. estwig

    estwig UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Not wanting to be negative about the whole idea.

    What about booking a non-assistance car with flashing lights, an uber style booking, to follow you on long journeys, just in case you break down and are in need of some non-assistance.

    It would require a ltd company, some crowd funding and have an app, win-win!
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: estwig Member since: Sep 29, 2006
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  13. p3morrisond

    p3morrisond UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    My girlfriend broke down on M6 she was at the road side in the rain for 55 mins, then had to wait a further 30 mins for a recovery truck. I live at j2 M6 so easy access to M6/M69/M1. I would like to see that if someone is broken down that they don’t feel so alone, daily I see cars broken down waiting. Just a way of having beacons to warn other drivers and protect the driver
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: p3morrisond Member since: Jul 8, 2018
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  14. BusterBloodvessel

    BusterBloodvessel UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Pay to have a car follow you on a whole journey *just in case* you break down?! What?!?!
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: BusterBloodvessel Member since: Jan 22, 2018
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  15. p3morrisond

    p3morrisond UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    It would just be a private way of doing this, yes they do but I am sure they would appreciate the assisatance if done correctly
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: p3morrisond Member since: Jul 8, 2018
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  16. BusterBloodvessel

    BusterBloodvessel UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Did I miss some irony in your post? :D:rolleyes:
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: BusterBloodvessel Member since: Jan 22, 2018
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  17. p3morrisond

    p3morrisond UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    This is the exact idea, for some people side of a dark motorway can be a scary experience
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: p3morrisond Member since: Jul 8, 2018
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  18. p3morrisond

    p3morrisond UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I would only be looking to cover my midland area, 20 Mins max from my base, I could either help others set up in there area and offer help/training/franchise maybe

    The funding is the bit I need to think about more, subscription or approach highways agency etc
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: p3morrisond Member since: Jul 8, 2018
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  19. p3morrisond

    p3morrisond UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    They do a good job but from experience are too busy to help everyone
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: p3morrisond Member since: Jul 8, 2018
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  20. Mr D

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    Used to get breakdown calls in one job. Including angry people partially blocking a road who were annoyed at the delay.
    Used to ask them if there was any tailback behind them - invariably there was. Then point out to them the breakdown truck was 5 miles back in that queue going forward a few metres every couple of minutes.

    My boss was annoyed at the complaints about me.... :)

    Seriously while I can envisage multiple instances that having another adult to hand, that having someone knowing what they are doing and putting cones etc out would be a help, just not so sure people could pay for it. Government departments without a tender arranged are reluctant to give contracts. Not impossible but they have to justify spending.

    While my dad made sure I can change a wheel and have done it multiple times, there are instances a person alone it's dangerous to do that. Having someone keep watch helps.
    Have called a friend to help out one night on an A road.
     
    Posted: Nov 11, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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