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New Efforts To Monitor Taxi
New Efforts To Monitor Taxi "Long-Hauling"

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AIR DATE: January 11, 2013

Tourists have complained for years that some taxi drivers in Las Vegas are guilty of long-hauling - when drivers pick passengers up at McCarran International Airport and take the runway tunnel to the Strip. This can add an extra 15 dollars to the fare. We spoke with the taxicab authority last summer about their efforts to end the practice, but have they succeeded?
 
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Mark James, CEO of Frias Transportation Infrastructure
Charles Harvey, Taxicab Authority Administrator

 

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    I worked for Frias Taxi for 15 years. When Mr Frias was alive the company was excellent. Afer Mr Frias passed away, Mr James represented a group that took control for Mrs Frias. The company and the job became very oppressive. When cameras were installed to "protect the drivers",they watched all the drivers all the time. It was like Big Brother. Daily drivers were fired for various reasons, but, never for long hauling because the James people were only interested in the bottom line. Drivers who worked for many years were watched for any reason to eliminate them because the union contract gave senior drivers more benefits and more vacation time. As time went by there were fewer and fewer long time drivers left. I got fired for "low book" the first time low book in 15 years. This new tech will only benefit Mr James and his heartless group. All the cab companies speak out against long hauling but in reality they reward those drivers who do.
    Stephen RubenJan 8, 2013 10:37:46 AM
    I worked for Frias Taxi for 15 years. When Mr Frias was alive the company was excellent. Afer Mr Frias passed away, Mr James represented a group that took control for Mrs Frias. The company and the job became very oppressive. When cameras were installed to "protect the drivers",they watched all the drivers all the time. It was like Big Brother. Daily drivers were fired for various reasons, but, never for long hauling because the James people were only interested in the bottom line. Drivers who worked for many years were watched for any reason to eliminate them because the union contract gave senior drivers more benefits and more vacation time. As time went by there were fewer and fewer long time drivers left. I got fired for "low book" the first time low book in 15 years. This new tech will only benefit Mr James and his heartless group. All the cab companies speak out against long hauling but in reality they reward those drivers who do.
    Stephen RubenJan 8, 2013 10:37:46 AM
    I would like to know: How independent is the taxicab authority from the cab companies they regulate? How is this regulatory board funded? How is this issue dealt with in other cities?
    JackieJan 8, 2013 09:42:03 AM
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