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Software to catch cheating cabbies to be tested in Las Vegas

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:27 a.m. HST, Jan 15, 2013

LAS VEGAS >>It may soon be harder for Nevada taxi drivers to take unsuspecting passengers on long rides just to rack up the meter.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the Nevada Transportation Authority approved a statewide test of software to detect taxi "long-hauling."

The illegal practice involves drivers taking an indirect route to a destination so the fare is higher. It has given the taxi industry a bad name, but is difficult for regulators to control.

The RideIntegrity software developed by Frias Transportation Infrastructure would track a cab's movements with GPS and store the information in a database. The records could be retrieved later to check complaints about long-hauling.

A pilot program will be funded by the developer and includes monitoring 150 taxis, sedans and limousines.

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allie wrote:
When i first got here from North Dakota I was taken to the UH through Waikiki. I did not know where i was!
on January 14,2013 | 02:56PM
64hoo wrote:
if it was in the afternoon from the airport going through Waikiki would have been better going down Nimitz into Waikiki if you took the freeway the traffic was so jampacked with stop and go everytime a taxi stops the meter runs up. so you probably saved money going through Waikiki via Nimitz hgwy.
on January 14,2013 | 04:07PM
tiki886 wrote:
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on January 14,2013 | 06:11PM
soundofreason wrote:
and charged him for having to use extra headlight fluid.
on January 14,2013 | 06:45PM
Makua wrote:
"What man (Taxi Driver) will do when no one is watching is a true reflection of their charactrer, or moral constitution".
on January 15,2013 | 05:58AM
Anonymous wrote:
It seems like Las Vegas is legendary for it's cheating cabbies. Read the Las Vegas Review-Journal for a length of time and you will eventually see a story about cabbies screwing their fares.
on January 15,2013 | 08:58AM
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