Ride-Sharing Bill Close to Becoming Law; Residents Sound Off
Taxi drivers estimate, they will lose up to 50% of their businesses if ride sharing apps operated in Nevada and a big chunk of the money they make. "The little over a month they worked last year, I lost $300 a week. That's my entire profit,” said Dennis Whitehead of Whittlesea. "It's taking our customers, it's taking our business,” said Uddin.
We talked residents for their opinion. Some in favor said... "I know this is a city in particular that the public transportation isn't the best and it's not always the easiest to find a taxi, especially at night. Say you've been partying. It's not a good idea to drive and the buses don't really run that late. So I think it's a great idea,” said Bonnie Sullivan.
Others who opposed the idea told us, "All of my friends, when I lived in the Bay Area -- they all used Uber. And they all used it to get around the Bay Area. I personally never used it and I don't think I ever would,” said Taylor Ganchan-Romero.
By law the governor has five days to sign bills after they're sent to him. We asked Uber for an interview and statement, but they were unable to comment on the pending legislation. We also reached out to Lyft - the company applauds the progress made so far by legislators in Nevada.
If Governor Sandoval approves the bills, ride-hailing companies could start work in Nevada by early July.