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Las Vegas taxis consider dropping $3 credit card surcharge

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    A cab driver waits for passengers to arrive at Terminal 1 at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on March 1, 2013.

LAS VEGAS >> Catching a cab in Las Vegas could cost $3 less in 2017 as the Nevada Taxicab Authority is considering eliminating or reducing the credit card surcharge.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Authority Chairman Stan Olsen says the credit card fee will likely change, though any adjustments would be made up elsewhere, potentially from a small fare hike.

The move comes as Southern Nevada cab companies have been seeing declining revenue and passengers amid increasing competition from ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft, which tend to charge lower fares.

Olsen is calling for a level playing field between the taxicab industry and newcomers Uber and Lyft. He said the ride-share companies should have to abide by the same rules, permits and tax obligations as traditional taxicab companies.

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  • Step up to the times cabbies, keep your $3, I’m done riding a taxi in Vegas. Uber gets me there quicker, in greater comfort, and for less money. Yea lets level the field, taxi’s come out of antiquity!

    • You’ve never had problems? I’ve never had anyone I know tell me a good story about Uber. One couple used Uber to get to a place, they had no idea about “surge pricing,” their return trip was three times as expensive. A cab would’ve been cheaper. They’ve never used it since. Another friend of mine kept getting charged for trips he didn’t take. It took a threatened lawsuit before his money was returned.

  • Let’s see, tough choice. Should I ride a taxi that has a porn advertisement on top of it, missing interior trim pieces, torn seats, and a maniac driver who enjoys weaving in and out and mowing down pedestrians, or should I go with the Uber driver who has a newer car, drives like a normal person (as they are rated by the customers and get booted out if rating too low), and is far cheaper. Can’t decide.

    • I prefer a cab myself. I couldn’t care less about ads outside of the cab, and I sure haven’t been in any cabs with “missing interior trim pieces, torn seats, and a maniac driver.” Well, maybe in NYC they’re a little fast; but then if it’s a cab don’t you want a fast a driver?

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