Uber will be operating in Las Vegas

Update: June 2018

Uber and Lyft are now picking up all over Vegas. Operations started on September 15, 2015 and so far all is going smoothly. There are no restricted areas for use of the ride share services. Both Services are operating at the McCarran Airport.  A short ride to the Airport from a nearby hotel will typically cost 12-13 dollars but only about 4.50 of that will go to the driver because of all the fees that are added. Both Uber and Lyft allow tipping from their App.

Uber does not waste time and money doing meetings unless it is going to open business in that City. So watch for the launch, it is a matter of when not if. 

According to a Review Journal Article, Uber held meetings with prospective drivers on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 to explain it's operation. According to RICHARD N. VELOTTA, Who wrote the article, a Review Journal reporter was denied access to the meeting. 

There are many things that the taxi industry is trying to get out to the public that are flat out lies. The taxi industry is trying to get the public to believe they are much less safe when using Uber in comparison to using a taxi. 

Answering readers' questions about the Uber car service By Paul Brinkmann

Everyone that knows about Uber has heard that they require drivers to undergo background checks as well as a DMV records check. But until now I have not been able to find what the tolerance of the findings were. I found this article:

The most important part of the article regarding the safety of Uber is copied word for word here:

Q.Why should riders feel safe with an Uber driver? Aren’t taxi drivers safer because that is their primary profession and they are licensed through the city?

Uber: Uber offers a variety of safeguards to connect riders to the safest rides on the road. All Uber driver partners must go through a rigorous three-step background check which includes county, federal and multi-state checks. Our background checking process and standards are consistent across the United States and used throughout all Uber products including UberX. ... All drivers are screened against: County and federal court records going back seven years, a multi-state criminal database check going back seven years, the National Sex Offender Registry, a Social Security Trace (lifetime) and motor vehicle records check. (Historical and ongoing). Drivers must meet the following criteria: No convictions for violent crimes, sexual offenses, or felonies in the past seven years; No convictions of theft or property damage in the past seven years; no drug or DUI charges in the past seven years; No severe driving violations such as hit-and-run, driving over 100 mph, driving on a suspended/revoked license, or driving on the wrong side of a divided highway; and no driving without insurance or suspended license charge in the past 3 years. Riders also have the option to rate every driver.

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The Article by Paul Brinkmann ask more questions about Uber that are interesting reading.

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