The President and driving force behind The Checker Transportation Group was Allan Enders, who started out in the taxi business in 1975 by purchasing Killarney Taxi and to this date it remains a family business.
Checker Yellow Cabs was introduced to Calgary in 1984 when he realized that taxi service in Calgary was in serious need of improvement. Deciding to emphasize quality and service, he started with twelve full-sized luxury sedans, with drivers attired in suits. The name "Checker" was chosen for its continent-wide identification with taxi service, not because of an association with any particular vehicle.
Checker Yellow Cabs' mandate was to offer the highest quality taxi service in North America and we have been a leader and copied by many in the Industry. Today, three million customers a year can attest to the achievement of our mandate. The current fleet is nearly 650 cabs. All vehicles are inspected regularly by our supervisors and every six months as per the LTS Regulations.
All drivers take the Canada Safety Council Defensive Driving Course, Customer Service Courses and City Knowledge Courses. Checker Yellow Cabs has been involved with the Alberta Tourism Education Program, assisting in developing certification standards for taxi drivers.
Providing prompt service rests on more than just driver response. The dispatch department plays a vital role. In 1983, Checker Yellow Cabs introduced the first computerized dispatch center in Calgary. Our technology is up-graded on a regular basis to allow for the increase in the number of calls which currently average 35,000 a week. Checker Yellow Cabs has an IVR System (Interactive Voice Recording), which allows calls to be taken without a live operator. A staff of 30 in the dispatch center manages the system to ensure that taxis are dispatched expeditiously. Checker Yellow Cabs is among the first companies in Western Canada to install computers in their cabs.
Checker Courier has grown simultaneously with Checker Yellow Cabs and offers a full range of services in Calgary and surrounding areas handling a range of items from envelopes to large freight. Services include in-city deliveries, Warehousing and Distribution in Calgary, overnight airfreight service throughout Canada and the US, and same day service in Alberta. Our modern dispatch system ensures a timely response to orders and customers can enjoy the benefits of our on-line computer system to enter and trace orders.
Checker Ambassador Limousine
Checker Ambassador Limousine was established in 1987 in Calgary to compliment our transportation service. Today, the fleet has grown to over 60 vehicles, which include a variety of stretch limousines, minibuses, executive sedans and services for large groups (including motor coach tours). Checker Ambassador provides superior vehicles, exquisitely appointed and expertly maintained and chauffeured by a team of uniformed, trained professional drivers. Our drivers are also experienced tour guides and can provide a memorable tour of Calgary, or Rocky Mountain destinations, such as Banff or Lake Louise. Checker Ambassador offers innovative and creative specialty tour packages such as ski tours, Christmas light tours, theatre packages, to name a few.