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Old 06-18-2003, 08:06 PM
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Default Las Vegas Taxi Rides Getting More Costly

18 June 2003
by Richard N. Velotta


LAS VEGAS -- The Taxicab Authority of Nevada on Tuesday approved a fare increase that would make Las Vegas the fourth most expensive city in the country to get a cab ride.

Board members approved a 10-cent-per-ride increase in the "drop charge" -- the initial fee a passenger must pay for a ride. The board left intact the charge of $1.80 per mile and the traffic-delay fee of 37 cents a minute on Clark County companies' rates.

The new rate takes effect July 1. Clark County's 16 cab companies made 2 million trips last month, a 6 percent increase over the the number of trips in the same month a year ago.

Based on April survey research from the Taxicab, Limousine and Paratransit Association presented by a Taxicab Authority staff member, a three-mile ride in a taxi in Las Vegas would climb from $8.47 to $8.57, moving the city from fifth to fourth on the list of the nation's most expensive cab rides.

San Francisco, where a three-mile cab ride costs $10.10, leads the list, but Las Vegas rides are more expensive than in cities like Chicago ($7.70), Los Angeles ($7.60), New York ($6.70) and Orlando, Fla. ($6.30).

Only one cab company executive lobbied on behalf of an immediate rate increase. Jack Owens, general manager of Yellow-Checker-Star, said his company is still reeling from the travel downturn following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Owens told the board that his company -- three individual cab companies that operate as a group and is the largest cab operator in the state -- has faced a 100 percent increase in insurance costs to $800,000 a year. He also said fuel costs have climbed 25 cents a gallon in the past year. YCS' fleet operates on propane.

Owens said a rate increase of 35 cents a trip would help his company break even for the additional expense of insurance and fuel.

Questioned by board members, Owens also said YCS operates with an 11 percent profit margin.

Cheryl Knapp, general manager of Whittlesea-Blue Cab Co., suggested that the Taxicab Authority continue working on a fuel surcharge formula that would automatically trigger fare increases when fuel costs rise by a certain level. Board members said they plan to review such a plan at future meetings.

Two unions that represent cab drivers in Clark County -- the Industrial Technical Professional Employees Union and the United Steel Workers of America -- supported a rate increase because it means a slight raise for drivers. Most cab companies pay their drivers by commission, usually ranging between 40 percent and 43 percent of the fare.

Union cab drivers said that a fare increase would help offset some of the losses drivers say they incurred when the Taxicab Authority approved additional cabs for the companies earlier this year. Drivers say that additional cabs spread the overall income to more drivers and cuts into each individual driver's income.

Taxicab Authority staff analyst Rick Boxer had recommended no rate adjustments for the companies, stating that two rate increases were approved in 2002. In February 2002, the board raised the drop 10 cents, the mileage rate by 10 cents a mile and the traffic-delay fee by $1 an hour to $21 an hour. In August, the board raised the drop charge by 40 cents.

Boxer said it was too early to analyze the financial effect of the August increase on a year-over-year basis and that lack of information was one reason an increase wasn't recommended.
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Old 06-18-2003, 08:40 PM
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I drove Taxi in Vegas and this is much needed for the cabbies there in the industry. Las Vegas has the best cabbies in North America....they go above and beyond their line of duty.
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Old 06-18-2003, 08:43 PM
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Must be in the need for new TAXI Cab Confessions on HBO
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Old 06-18-2003, 08:48 PM
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FH,

They might be the best in the "industry" but for chrissakes they need to shower...most of the cabs I've been in smell like a gymnasium, some of the cabs were so dirty they were growing crops in the back seat!

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Old 06-18-2003, 10:10 PM
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Buddy of mine drives a cab out there for about a year now

Tells me stories everday, some people are cheap, fare was 9.90 gave him 10 dollars, said the guy looked like he had a few dollars too.
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Old 06-18-2003, 10:22 PM
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That job sucks. I drove a cab there for about five years. I quit when they said they would build a tram. It will now go the entire lenghth of the strip. Btw, taxicab confessions is complete b.s. No way could you get away asking some of those questions. Most of your rides are under five minutes so you really can't get in a conversation. My most famous pick up. Ed "too tall jones''. He did give me a nice fifty cent tip. Ahole. I was also robbed twice. Fish liked the job since he would pick up the dancing whores from Crazy Horse 2.
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Old 06-18-2003, 10:43 PM
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Yellow Cab is complaining?

If anyone comes here let this be your top advice.

If you see a Yellow cab coming....GET THE HELL OUT OF THEIR WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The worst drivers on the planet.
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Old 06-18-2003, 11:01 PM
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GF- CORRECTION.....STAR CAB IS THE WORST. THEY HIRE ALL THE FOREIGNERS. I worked for YELLOW-CHECKER-STAR AND I WAS A CHECKER DRIVER. The STAR drivers are the absolute worst.

KYHAWK- CORRECT SIR. You could not go wrong picking up a dancer from the Crazy Horse.......it was either a $10 tip or a free BJ for the ride. I loved that job. Just to many goddamn hours.......6 days a week and 11 hour days. Boys, I get around.
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Old 06-18-2003, 11:03 PM
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How many people have driven cab in Vegas and been a high ranking officer in a sportsbook?? Course now, I am a total bust out, but WTF???
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Old 06-19-2003, 06:24 AM
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LMAO!! How the Hell can a cabbie go "above and beyond their line of duty"


I am in hysterics!!
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Old 06-19-2003, 11:55 AM
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FOZO- Cab drivers in vegas work with the local police to nab many criminals. They help the elderly with groceries. They are the best tour guides money can buy. They help many LADIES OF THE EVENING with their job.

I COULD GO ON AND ON AND ON.........BUT YOU CATCH MY DRIFT.

Most underappreciated job in the country is the AMERICAN CABBIE........policemen and firefighters are overrated.
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Old 06-19-2003, 03:45 PM
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I can't stop laughing!!
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Old 06-20-2003, 12:29 AM
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>>>three-mile ride in a taxi in Las Vegas would climb from $8.47 to $8.57<<<

Damn, I thought a taxi ride NYC was expensive I guess not. I bet it's still faster for a black male to get a taxi in Vegas than in NYC.

In NYC you could be a black man in an Armani suit and guranteed ten cabbies will drive right past you with no passengers in their car.
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Old 06-20-2003, 12:43 AM
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I used to go Vegas every weekend when Bernie Kosar was still the QB for Cleveleand Browns[img]i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif[/img] (not because I know him but those were the years. Had to fly Sunday morning (Southwest) and come back the same day (last flight).

Evertytime I get a Cab "from and to" Mc Carran I heard different stories from cabby drivers but this was the most common or close enough story I always heard.

Taxi Driver - We taxi drivers would prefer to pick up passengers from McCarran to Casino than Casino to McCarran.

Me - Why is that?

Taxi Driver - because passengers from McCarran to Casinos are sure tip. Casino to McCarran are unpredictable.

Me- Why?

Taxi Driver - because passengers from McCarran to Casino most often already lost their shirts. So it is either we get a good tip (for those who won) or we get nothing at all. And more often we get nothing because Vegas always wins.

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Old 06-20-2003, 01:13 AM
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Fishhead, I hear if you have connections in Vegas, you can get comp's for the cabs (or Limo's) and the extra 10 cts, is really easy to get. [img]i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif[/img]
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Old 06-20-2003, 10:34 AM
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Cabbies have there hands full...
I mean ,Cubbies have there hands full.
Either way they are both costing me.
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Old 06-20-2003, 10:43 AM
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I just paid 18 pounds from downtown Manchester to the airport. I thought I was getting the "Beckham get out of town rate" or something...

That's definitely a lot more than I would have paid in Canada for a ride twice the distance.
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Old 06-20-2003, 11:27 AM
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TIP- Make sure when you get a cab in vegas that the meter is reset to the starting fare. A cabbie has to pay 40 cents or so for each ride and if they get a short ride will leave the meter running for the next customer.

ps- As of one year ago before I left Vegas, I had been in 99% of vegas's over 1,000 bars and tavarns. If anybody needs help with the local bar scene, contact me.
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