Posts Tagged ‘Long Hauling’

Nevada Cracking down on Long-haul Vegas Cabbies

by , Sep 9, 2012 | 4:00 pm

Photo: Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas Review-Journal

While bargaining for lesser fines for traffic tickets is an everyday event for the general public, that option has disappeared for taxi drivers caught long hauling, or running up the tab on unsuspecting tourists.

As part of the tougher enforcement stance in recent weeks, Nevada Taxicab Authority officials have stopped settling citations for less than the statutory penalties, which range from $100 for the first offense to $350 for the fourth.

They have also started to recommend that hearing officers suspend taxi licenses for three to 10 days starting with the second offense.

A fifth offense can lead to license revocation.

“We know we won’t stop long hauling completely,” authority administrator Charles Harvey said. “But we want to send a message to create a deterrent.”

Long hauling, Las Vegas-style, involves carrying passengers between the Strip and McCarran International Airport via a roundabout route that includes the Las Vegas Beltway. This can boost a typical $16 fare to $26 or more, depending on how far the detour stretches.