LAS VEGAS – Two government agencies are stepping up their
efforts to crack down on operators who aren’t licensed,
undercut fares or give kickbacks to concierges for steering
customers away from taxis and into limos.
The Transportation Services Agency and the Taxicab
Authority have six and 37 investigators respectively now
working the Las Vegas area. They are also looking for
operators coming in the city from other states to illegally
The efforts were met with a positive attitude from at least
one Las Vegas operator.
“You’ve got unsuspecting customers that come into a market
like Las Vegas that’s visitor driven. So if you don’t have
a regulated market, you are going to have gypsies coming in
and running substandard equipment, with no insurance [and]
unfair pricing,” said Steve Cunningham, owner of Fox
Limousines. “You have to have some form of regulation;
otherwise it’s chaos.
The TSA and the TA “have always done sting operations in
the past, during some major events when they know a lot of
out-of-town gypsy operators would come in,” he added.
These latest efforts follow legislation that was passed
this summer aimed at slowing down the growth of the
limousine industry. The law limits operators to two new
licenses during the next year and calls for a one-year
study to determine if an allocation system for licenses is
necessary or appropriate.
- Rebecca Christiansen