CEA Comes to Ridesharing's Defense in Vegas
The Consumer Electronics Association is trying to save ridesharing in Vegas. The Clark County Commission approved new costs and regulations on ridesharing platforms and drivers, which CEA president Gary Shapiro says conflicts with a recently approved bill that permits ridesharing throughout Nevada. Uber and Lyft drivers will have to pay a $200 annual state business license fee and a $25 business license fee to operate in Clark County. A Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial says other cities in the county could follow suit, which could push licensing costs for drivers over $300. Gary says convenient transportation options at the Vegas Strip and at McCarran Airport is key for the city's 40 million visitors a year. CEA also holds its CES trade show in Vegas every year, bringing over 150,000 trade show attendees and over $210M in non-gaming revenue to the Nevada economy.