After a hard-fought battle, Uber is now running once again in Las Vegas. The ride-hailing company just sent out an email blast to its users announcing that it has returned to Sin City, a day after gaining operating permits in Nevada. After Uber failed to comply with state licensing protocols in Nevada — as it has been known to do — the service was banned last year.
In a statement to The Verge, Uber spokesperson Eva Behrend said, "We are excited to be a part of the Nevada community and to offer another option for people from Henderson to North Las Vegas to Reno to connect with a safe, reliable, convenient ride at the touch of a button."
More than most cities, Las Vegas needs ride-hailing services
Las Vegas is one of the few major cities in the US without ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft, and given its lack of cabs and subpar transit system, it's been a long time coming. But there may be another stumbling block down the road. Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, wants to enact its own local ordinances for companies like Uber and Lyft. But they may not be able to add further restrictions or regulations to ride-hailing services given the new state laws enacted in the spring, according to the Associated Press.
There's still a possibility the local government could challenge the state law, but until then Uber will be picking up passengers across Las Vegas, with the exception of McCarran International Airport, where it is still unable to pick up passengers.