Uber and Lyft Arrive in Las Vegas, But Not Without Issues
The craze of people using peer-to-peer ridesharing apps has finally pulled up to the curb at one of the most popular destinations in the country.
As industry giants Uber and Lyft announced earlier this month, the ridesharing companies began serving Las Vegas on Sept. 15 after an extended court battle. While drivers and riders took to the streets to start utilizing the services, there is still an ongoing dispute with Clark County officials over proper licenses and other issues.
Uber initially started operating in Nevada in October 2014, but a judge in Washoe County issued an injunction that forced the company to cease operation. The latest ruling has opened the door for Uber, Lyft and other companies offering the ridesharing service to operate in the state.
The process hasn’t been without its issues, though, as Ophelia Young of Fox5Vegas.com is reporting that many ride-share drivers were informed during the busiest hours that they would be charged a higher price due to the high demand from riders.
While neither Lyft nor Uber is permitted to pick up customers from McCarran Airport, The Associated Press has reported that drivers from both companies have been given citations for attempting to find customers at the facility.
Clark County Commissioners and the district attorney are still working to explore legal options against the companies, according to Fox5Vegas.com, but even with the potential issues, Uber and Lyft have reported a surge in contracted drivers and there are even more still in the screening process.
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