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May 3, 2015

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Taxi industry has too much control

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When I was in Nassau, Bahamas, recently, the cab rates to anywhere on the island were fixed and posted at taxi stands and in the cabs.

The Las Vegas taxi companies have always been very protective of their turf. Why else have they kept out any residential shuttle services, which are popular — and cheaper than taxis — in other cities?

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  1. The taxi industry in Clark County is a state sponsered monopoly. Just about everywhere else in the country individuals can own and operate a cab; not in "Sin City." As a matter of fact, the Taxicab Authority is charged with seeing to it the cab companies are profitable. Nice work if you can get it.

  2. The taxi monopoly is very noncompetitive, maybe because it is union run, I don't know. There is really no reason shuttles can not do private residence pickups, it is very common in cities in FL. They are happy to come to your door and take you to the airport. Shuttle service in Las Vegas will only go to hotel. I had thought of opening such a business but think the taxi mobsters will not allow it. I am pretty sure that is why the monorail stops across the street from the airport also. I am amazed they get away with the control they have. I am glad the increase fare for fuel is discounted when you ride in a Prius cab car. I forgot, that savings is not passed to the consumer either. I wonder why the FEDS don't get involved in this whole sham.

  3. I heard two statements by striking Yellow Cab workers on the news that fosted me. One: The cabbies work 72 hours a week on average. Two: Most cabbies qualify for food stamps. If a person works 72 hours a week and qualifies for food stamps, they're not making a living wage. I don't know the details but there is a devil in them somehwere. My union days as a Chief Steward makes me point to the management.