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Las Vegas Strip taxis to stay parked to protest Uber

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LAS VEGAS » A labor union says several hundred taxi drivers will be protesting ride-sharing company Uber on Friday afternoon rather than looking for fares on the Las Vegas Strip.

A union representing drivers for the Yellow Checker Star taxi company said Thursday it would protest Uber’s safety standards and surge-pricing practice that charges riders more during peak times.

The demonstration is 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday on Las Vegas Boulevard.

An Uber spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.

Approved legislation allowing ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft to do business statewide and be regulated by the Nevada Transportation Authority is awaiting the governor’s signature. Uber had a short-lived ride in Nevada last year before taxi companies and transportation regulators put a stop to the company’s operations.

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