LAS VEGAS — A bill has been proposed in the Nevada
Legislature that would restrict the number of certified
limousines in the state.
Assembly Bill 518 would cap the number of limousines in
Nevada to the number in operation when, and if, the bill
The proposal is currently before the Nevada
AB 518 also would direct a two-year study into the
allocation of limousine permits in the state.
The new measure asserted that an “excessive” number of
limousines has adversely affected the “integrity and
viability” of the state’s limousine industry.
“A great majority of the limousine and taxi operators in
Southern Nevada are in agreement that significant damage to
the tourism industry and the visibility of both the taxi
and limousine industry could occur absent legislative
action and study,” the measure claimed.
At least one operator expressed concern with the bill,
calling it “another attempt for the big guys to squeeze out
the little guys.”
The measure would make it more difficult for smaller
operators to stay afloat, said lobbyist A.R. “Bob” Fairman,
who also runs Carson City, Nev.-based No Stress Express.
Limiting the number of operators allowed to enter the
Nevada limousine market and prohibiting the growth of those
that are already in it means that Nevada will no longer
have a fair market, he said.