Uber, Lyft drivers mentioned for running at Las Vegas airport

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An Uber motorist takes a passenger for a ride Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas.

Released Monday, Sept. 21, 2015|12:31 p.m.

Updated 1 hour, 47 minutes ago

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Clark County issued at least 87 misdemeanor citations to Uber and Lyft motorists recently for running on airport property without authorization, commissioners were notified in an email from the county manger.

The citations for unauthorized loading or discharging bring a fine of $100, which can be minimized to $HALF if paid within 10 days, county officials stated. Failure to pay would lead to the Department of Motor Cars being notified, postponing registration until payment is made, authorities stated.

After a heated conference recently, Clark County commissioners rejected releasing Uber and Lyft temporary business licenses and are unlikely to reconsider the matter till a hearing on Oct. 20.

Defying the commission, the companies started offering rides on Tuesday.

Although state regulatory authorities accepted the ride-hailing services Monday, the county asserts the companies can not operate without a regional company license.

County authorities say they have to develop a new licensing classification for Uber and Lyft, a procedure that might take a month.

In the meantime, the District Lawyer’s Workplace is exploring legal alternatives the county could take against the ride-hailing services for running unlicensed.

Although no Uber and Lyft drivers have been pointed out outside of the Department of Aviation’s jurisdiction, the county has taken a harder stance on motorists providing service at McCarran International Airport. Transport services at the airport require not only a county business license but additional permitting.

By Friday morning, Clark County authorities had cited 87 Uber and Lyft drivers.

The citations followed the District Lawyer’s Office recently sent out a caution letter to legal representatives for the ride-hailing services.

The letter highlighted Clark County’s position and asked Uber and Lyft avoid operating at airport property, which includes the McCarran Rent-A-Car Center and the Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Jean and Overton airports.

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