(Colton Lochhead, Las Vegas Review-Journal) – Las Vegas City Council approved, by a lopsided vote of 4-2, the $50 semi-business licensing fee for ride-hailing companies, such as Uber and Lyft. The charge shall be imposed for each “active driver” for a period of six months.
Uber and Lyft have already been imposed with business licensing fees by the state since its inception in Nevada last year. The city of Las Vegas has already imposed temporary business licenses over the companies in September, last year. The new $50 fee will start running on March, this year, by the time the temporary licenses expire and will go to the city’s general fund.
In coming up with the total license fee that will be paid by the transportation networking companies, the latter will submit the number of “active drivers” per month. The average number of “active drivers” per month shall then be obtained over a given six-month period, the result of which to be considered as the number of “active drivers.” The number will be multiplied by the $50 fee to come up with the final license price.
The ride-hailing companies brought comments against the said imposition saying it’s an additional burden on their part.
Lyft spokeswoman Chelsea Wilson said, “Rather than hit ride sharing with a duplicative tax, the City should encourage innovative new industries to grow.”