Vegas cabs taking travellers for a ride

Audit reveals cabs overcharged travellers US$15 million in 2012. Image: Nevada Taxicab Authority Nevada taxi drivers overcharged almost one million and a half travellers going to and from McCarran International Airport to the tune of almost US$15 million last year, a recent report from state auditors has revealed.According to the legislative audit, of the 6.6 million rides going to and from the Nevada airport, some 23 percent were “deceptively long”, the Las Vegas Sun reported.This so-called “long hauling” can increase the average cab fare by about US$10.The report has called on the Taxicab Authority to take “preventative measures” such as providing price guides at the airport.The official Las Vegas Tourism website advises that the average taxi fare from the airport to a Strip hotel is $US11 and also points to popular airport shuttle services as alternative means of transportation.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G. A.

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