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December 22, 2014

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Better signs could prevent rip-offs

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I think I could solve more than half of the taxi long-hauling problem from McCarran International Airport.

Change the signs leaving the airport. Most tourists don’t realize that Tropicana/Russell is where they really want to go. If the signs also had “Las Vegas Strip/Hotels/Downtown” it would be harder for a shabby cabby to rip off customers.

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  1. I suggest a less expensive signage than the letter writer. In fact just a statement from the cabbie that if the fare price is believed too high, the cabbie provides the name and number of the cab contact person to the rider for recourse/satisfaction.

    Carmine D

  2. Most of the cab drivers in Las Vegas are honest hard working family people.But like all professions there are a few that abuse the job, such as with long hauling being done by some cab drivers.

    If a cab driver is long hauling you, he's not going to give you a name or number to call to voice your complaint.

  3. This is not meant to condone cheating by anyone, however, once more the media and the slow-witted pick on the lowly cab driver and let the hotels & casinos slide as they gouge everybody in sight. Room rates double & triple over night! Payouts for winning hands or plays are slyly reduced! Cabbies may steal millions; hotels & casinos rip off billions! Just who is more detrimental to our tourist trade?

  4. "If a cab driver is long hauling you, he's not going to give you a name or number to call to voice your complaint."

    And not going to follow the posted signage either.

    Carmine D

  5. How about a big sign at the tunnel that reads " LONG WAY TO THE STRIP if you are in a cab you are being ripped off "

    Taxi prices here are insane.

  6. How about the riders just asking the cabbies for receipts? Then following up with cab company if they think/feel they have been ripped off.

    The receipt should have 3 pieces of data: The amount of the fare, first and foremost. The name of the taxi. And the telephone number of the taxi. If not, the latter [phone and name came be gleaned by the rider off the outside of the taxi.

    Simple and easy. No new laws. No new expensive signs.

    Carmine D

  7. How about signage in the terminal directing people to the BUS STOP and indications of how much to get a direct route to the Strip, south, mid, downtown stops?