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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 conduct business.
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
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