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Nevada approves bill authorizing Uber, Lyft, and 3% excise tax

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by SH0CK, May 23, 2015.

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  1. SH0CK

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    The governor still needs to sign off on the bill and Uber and Lyft will need to apply to the Nevada Public Utilities Commission before they can begin operating. But also it looks like all taxi and limo rides (I'd assume Uber and Lyft will have to collect this too) will go up by at least 3% to cover the new excise tax.

     
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    I wonder how uber will work at the big strip hotels? Seems like it could be a nightmare in the valet area.
     
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    I've thought about this, too. I could almost even see if they weren't allowed on the Strip to prevent the inevitable bottleneck. Well, it's already a bottleneck, but this would be an <ahem> uber-bottleneck.

    I could see Uber picking you up at your home, or possibly at a Fremont property, but a Strip pickup could be a massive nightmare. And I probably wouldn't bother with an airport pickup unless there were a separate pickup area.
     
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    So why is it they need the 3% tax?

    will be interesting to see the new companies work with the big hotels though.
     
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    To put it plainly, the hope is the new tax will fund the opening of the UNLV Medical School.
     
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    A new medical school at UNLV would only cost $19M? Yikes!
     
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    It's good that the regulatory details are apparently being sorted out. :)
     
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    I am an Über fan and I am happy to see this. Do we have any idea what time frame we are looking here?
     
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    It sounds to me like they're going to require that the drivers/cars be licensed as taxis, similar to how Uber operates in New York (it's basically just an automated way to hail non-yellow cabs), as opposed to the true "ride-sharing" model that's in use in other places. Which, in my opinion, is fine. Allowing Uber to operate as a true technology company is not a big deal; it's when they essentially try to skirt all the safety and operational regulations that I get nervous.
     
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    They just saw another opportunity to raise revenue on the backs of tourists and took it.
     
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    I'd prefer to pay 3% than the typical 20-30% extra I pay when I get longhauled. Which as a solo female seems to be about half the time I use a taxi.
     
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    As I have mentioned before I am not really a fan of Uber for a couple reasons.

    However its all about freedom of choice and it is up to the consumers if this will succeed in Vegas. What I will like to see is how crazy it will be to try to find your driver at the airport or in front of a hotel. The taxi lines move along at the airport because its a true cattle call...step up, car is there, hop in and you're off within seconds.

    If 1000 people are outside milling around looking for an Uber driver it could get quite crazy.
     
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    If I'm not mistaken, uber wasn't allowed or chose not to pick up at the Strip or the airport.

    I found this blog from uber themselves from last year that says just that. but then again, that could change in the future
     
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    I can't read articles where every sentence is a paragraph.

    It's insulting.

    Anyway, the nice thing about having Uber in a city is when you're somewhere random and want to get a ride home, like wandering around the Arts District. It was impossible to get a cab there and it was easier to walk to the Fremont area.
     
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    Oh brother... I thought I'd heard everything!
     
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    He's got a point though. But over-paragraphing is better than under-paragraphing.
     
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    This apparently is just the annual cost of hiring faculty, which is one component of the total budget.

    For comparison, the University of Arizona medical school has a research budget of $141 million. And expect to see construction run into the $100s of millions, courtesy of {your favorite local billionaire here}.
     
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    Wonder if there will be any cost savings using uber vs taxi If they are required to buy he same permits
     
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