Uber Shuts Down Services in Las Vegas and Reno
[Update: Uber is still operating in Las Vegas and Reno and fighting the injunction.]
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Well that was good while it lasted, all of a few hours yesterday. Earlier Friday morning, I had posted about Uber starting up their operations in Las Vegas later that day.
The Review Journal released an article in the mid afternoon about Uber stopping its operations in Nevada when Carson City District Judge James Russell banned Uber from giving any rides until November 7th. A hearing was set on November 6 to discuss the issue. This came before four unmarked police cars cornered an Uber driver in Las Vegas and an unmarked car stopped an Uber driver in Reno.
Uber’s launch in Las Vegas was not as ground breaking as many had hoped. The key part of their “operation” in Las Vegas did not include the airport or anything on “The Strip.” They claim to have done this in order to support people working and living in and around Las Vegas. My opinion is that they started their operations this way to avoid the legal backlash of operating in a state they know they couldn’t, but they failed to account for just swift and overwhelming response by the Nevada Taxi Commission.
Hopefully, once they can clear the legal hurdles in Nevada on November 6th, they can resume operations including the Strip and at the airport.
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