The Nevada Taxicab Authority (TA) which regulates Las Vegas taxi companies, recently proposed flat-rate fares to and from the McCarran Intl Airport to the Las Vegas strip in order to prevent the illegal practice of long-hauling. Taxi drivers who engage in long-hauling take a longer and more expensive route to the passenger’s destination than is required.
The Nevada TA proposed a $20 flat rate for taxi service to and from the Las Vegas Airport to any resort on the strip. 85% of all hotel rooms in the valley would be applicable to the proposed flat rate. The proposal was rejected by representatives of the competing Las Vegas taxi companies. Accordiing to the the Nevada TA website, the average taxi fare for the month of July, 2010 was $13.25 (a 3.14% decrease from 2009).
Average Taxi Fare From Las Vegas Airport to Las Vegas Hotels
According to the Nevada Taxi Cab Authority, 90% of all long-hauling complaints involved taxi drivers using the airport’s south tunnel going to the strip. Taxi trips via the tunnel may add an additional $10 to $20 to the taxi fare.
South Las Vegas Strip: Average Taxi Fare is $15.00
- Excalibur, Luxor, MGM Grand or Tropicana
Center Las Vegas Strip: Average Taxi Fare is $18.00
- Bally’s, Caesars Palace, Flamingo or Bellagio
North Las Vegas Strip: Average Taxi Fare is $21.00
- Circus Circus, Riviera, Sahara or Stratosphere
The Nevada Taxicab Authority lacks the required manpower and resources to effectively manage the long-hauling problem which has persisted in Las Vegas for many years. Regardless of the route driven by the taxicab driver, the taxi rate would be a fixed flat rate of $20.00. Instituting a flat-rate fare would encourage and reward Las Vegas taxicab drivers to drive the most direct route.
Nevada Taxicab Authority long-hauling complaint form http://taxi.state.nv.us/Forms/LongRouteForm_Interactive.pdf
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