Vegas Taxis Bilked Passengers Out of $15M
Tourists routinely taken on the scenic route, audit finds
By Michael Franco, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2013 5:45 PM CDT
Extra fees not so welcome on ride from airport to Las Vegas.   (?)

(Newser) – Visitors to Vegas might expect the odds to be stacked against them in casinos, but a Clark County audit shows that taxis are also taking them for more of a ride than they bargained for. Cabbies bilked their passengers out of an extra $14.8 million last year by engaging in a practice known as “long hauling,” which most people know as “taking the scenic route,” reports the AP. Some 22.5% of cab rides to and from the airport were of the leisurely variety, the audit found. Although there are currently fines for long hauling, a bill that would have doubled those penalties recently died in the legislature.

"Taxicab drivers don't want to long haul," says the president of one cabbie union, which planned to protest the bill's demise today. "But they're forced to (by their bosses), to make any money."

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May 17, 2013 1:02 PM CDT
Las Vegas is all about the "Hussle" as in how can we bilk visitors out of their money> Enjoy your stay because there's way better places to visit than Las Vegas in NV- Try Reno, Carson City and Lake Tahoe
Apr 25, 2013 12:21 PM CDT
Reminds me of a scene from a dark comedy with Tom Hanks and Sally Fields, "Punchline." He's a failing med student doing evening stand up. In one of his bits he does the NYC cabbie. He says, "So this guy gets in and says, how do you get to Carnegie Hall?" He replies, "Practice practice.ha ha ha."
Apr 24, 2013 8:34 AM CDT
I know the practice well, while in Vegas with my elderly Mom, we took a cab from our hotel to the Paris, after a 20 minute ride we were dropped off across the street from our hotel at the Paris.