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Gov. Sisolak signs emergency regulation allowing rideshare surge pricing

Posted at 8:08 PM, May 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-29 03:11:03-04

CARSON CITY (KTNV) — Gov. Steve Siolak signed an emergency regulation on Friday that allows rideshare companies to adjust prices above the base rate, effective immediately.

This was previously prohibited during a State of Emergency.


The governor says the move will decrease wait times, increasing public safety and provide "efficient and affordable transportation options during the ongoing public health crisis."

Both Uber and Lyft shared statements praising the governor's decision.

An Uber spokesperson told 13 Action News:

"Uber thanks Governor Sisolak and the NTA [Nevada Transportation Authority] for working with the industry on solutions to help meet the increased demand of travelers and riders. With more people becoming vaccinated and Nevada's economy reopening, Uber is focused on bringing back earnings opportunities for drivers during busy times and improving reliability for Nevada riders."

A Lyft spokesperson said:

"Thanks to Governor Sisolak’s emergency regulation, we’ll be able to better serve Nevada residents and visitors. As more drivers join and return to the platform, this regulation will help to positively impact rider experience and driver earnings."

Both companies also say surge pricing encourages more drivers.

In recent months, longer than normal wait times have been reported by people in the Las Vegas valley trying to use rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft.