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January 31st, 2011 at 1:19:11 PM permalink
At least they're not as bad as Tijuana! I had an "amigo" try to convice me that a 5,000 ps bill was only worth 50 cents, and I need a bunch of em to make a decent tip. He said... "Senior, why don't you get rid of them right here, right now. Its good for you, it's good for me..."
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January 31st, 2011 at 1:40:16 PM permalink
In Vegas cabbies usually get only a percentage of their fares. Drivers who fail to long haul are not necessarily penalized for it, they are penalized for the short trips and low fares on the tally sheet, so in effect it becomes long haul a customer or get penalized by the cab company.

Merely saying "I've got the taxicab commission on speed dial" while shaking your cell phone at them is said to get you a price reduction. The anything below 12 mph is Waiting Time can lead to people thinking they are being overcharged.
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January 31st, 2011 at 2:05:15 PM permalink
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If the LV taxi authority really wanted to solve this problem they could do what NYC's Taxi authority does. As you que in the cab line at any of the major airports a person asks you where you are going. Their handheld prints out a slip w the expected cost and time frame. It tells you if the amount is significantly different to contact them with the code you have on your ticket.

In Mexico all airport and bus terminal cabs are paid for in advance, with a set fee depending on where you're going. If you have to pass toll booths, these are extra. it works out pretty well, but the cabs are on the expensive side. For example, from my house to the airport I pay about US$14. From the airport to the house I pay about $22
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January 31st, 2011 at 3:05:02 PM permalink
I went to LV five times in 2010. airport to strip i never paid over $15.00 Drivers were all very nice.
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January 31st, 2011 at 4:01:13 PM permalink
Our last trip to Vegas four of us got in the cab, and I was in the front with the driver. I said Paris Hotel, while we all chatted about how much fun we were going to have with the four of us in Vegas again. The cabbie then chimed in with "Do you want me to take the expressway to Paris, or surface streets?" (The expressway sounds like the right answer, but it of course is the long expensive way). I replied to take the surface streets, and , also please keep us off LV Blvd. We did not need to get stuck in that traffic jam. The cabbie took a direct route just as I requested, and he received a good tip because of the route used.

Set the price of cab fare from the airport to Paris at $25, tip included, and see what routes all the cabs start using....... A visitor should not be required to know the city map to understand when a taxi route may not be the fastest route.
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January 31st, 2011 at 4:30:13 PM permalink
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I went to LV five times in 2010. airport to strip i never paid over $15.00 Drivers were all very nice.[/q


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January 31st, 2011 at 6:07:05 PM permalink
I agree on the flat rate to the strip for all trips. I would set it at $17 and let the drivers get a $3 tip as most will give the drivers a $20. That would take away the long hauling. In Connecticut all intercity rates are set. Airport to Hartford is $36. Hartford to Mohegan Sun is $114.

I would also charge a minimum fare for inter-strip travel (hotel to hotel) at $7 and charge a per passenger fee of $1 beyond the first passenger (Washington, DC, charges $1.50/passenger over 2 pax). So, if the four of you want to take a cab from the Excalibur to the Mandalay Bay (yes, you can walk it all indoors), it will cost you $10. A ripoff? Absolutely. But given the fact that cabbies have to do pickups at Casinos and spend a great deal of time waiting, why not?
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January 31st, 2011 at 6:26:00 PM permalink
I owned a small cab co 25 years ago and drove a lot to. The whole thing about cab driving is to keep moving all the time. It doesn't matter where the fare is going, as long as you always have somebody in the cab. Deadheading is to be avoided at all costs. The Vegas drivers don't lease the cab, like they do everywhere else. They keep 40% of the fare, so no matter what happens, they always make money. When you lease the cab for a shift, you pay a set operating fee, plus mileage, so if you have a bad night it can actually cost you money and you make nothing.
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January 31st, 2011 at 6:54:35 PM permalink
I don't have much experience with cabs due to living in a city that doesn't have many (St. Louis), or going on vacations and renting cars instead of using cabs. However, about 8-10 years ago the wife & I visited Puerto Villarta and used the cabs there to get around. They had zone pricing with flat prices posted. it was very convenient. Every time we went from our resort to the city center, it was 27 pesos. We could tell in advance that the trip from the resort to the airport was 45 pesos, etc. It was nice not wondering if I was getting ripped off.

Personally, I liked the Monorail, But I can see that it's not convenient for anyone on the west side of the Strip, or for downtown visitors, or those unable to walk to the stations.

The only time i took a cab on my last LV visit was between Harrah's & the Spearmint Rhino. It seemed a little pricey ($12-15) for how short the ride appeared to be, but maybe that's just my inner tightwad coming out.
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January 31st, 2011 at 9:01:19 PM permalink
My memories were triggered by this taxi thread and the simultaneous thread about the unrest in Egypt. My experiences there were almost 30 years ago, but there might be some relevance.

In Cairo in the early 80s, taxi fares were tightly regulated by the government, and the allowed fares were too low to cover the cost of operating the taxi. The intent was to encourage low-cost transportation and promote the business economy, but it didn't work out that way. The actual result was that every taxi in the city had a "broken" meter. In practice, all fares were established by negotiation for the trip, allegedly based on what the fare for the trip would have been if the meter worked. If you didn't negotiate the fare when you got into the taxi, you were pretty much stuck with paying what the driver demanded (claimed was correct) at the end of the ride.

One evening, I got into a taxi van with several of my colleagues. We negotiated an acceptable fare for our ride, then we asked the driver to let the meter run while we rode. He did, and it worked just fine. The metered rate was substantially below the negotiated fare, and it was clear to us why the drivers could not afford to operate within the letter of the regulations.

That was just one of many problems with a tightly regulated economy that existed there. Two others I remember were related to employment. Example #1 was that in order to encourage the population to seek greater education, every college graduate was guaranteed a job with a guaranteed salary. The result was that everyone who could possibly go to college did so, and the great majority followed the very easiest curricula. This led to an over supply of graduates with degrees in fields with almost no demand and little to no value to the national economy. Because of the guaranteed job, there were enormous numbers of college graduates hanging around as bellhops, messengers, whatever, not using any of their education but drawing the government-guaranteed salary.

Example #2 applied to those individuals who had the motivation and ability to complete a rigorous curriculum, such as engineering or medicine. As graduates, they encountered a controlled economy in which the authorized pay for their category of services was pitifully low for their skills. As a result, few if anyone held a job as an "engineer", particularly for the government agencies. They held positions as "consultants", for which the salary could be individually negotiated (similar to the taxi fares). Position vacancies for "engineers" had no qualified applicants.

The two times that I had experience in Egypt were late in the Sadat era and very early in Mubarak's. Much could have changed since then, but if not, I can understand some of the pent-up frustration, even without issues such as "dictatorship".

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