People experiencing health issues or incapacitation to drive are frequently required to enlist the services of VSLs or conventional taxis for transport purposes. Although there may be similarities, their roles differ significantly.
VSL and conventional taxi services specialize in long distance travel, providing patients with personalized attention that provides great comfort – particularly on emergency transport services.
The difference between the two vehicles lies primarily in their modes of operation: VSLs are contracted with regional health agencies for health purposes while taxis receive approval from national CPAM (Caisse primaire d’assurance maladie) authorities; transport costs associated with VSL services can be reimbursed depending on their destination establishment.
Taxi VSL chauffeurs receive both the training and experience necessary for providing passengers with adequate care, from helping passengers load or unload bags into appropriate compartments to aiding residents speak to doctors about medical needs, tracking them to hospital gates on time, providing directions towards correct routes as well as offering expert guidance regarding any travel-related concerns.
Taxi VSL chauffeurs utilize modern vehicles equipped with adequate capacity for emergency transports, accommodating up to three additional passengers at once. These cars can be identified by their distinctive white hue and six-branched blue croix insignias.