LAS VEGAS (July 15, 2005) — Management of the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) have reached an agreement with the Nevada Taxicab Authority to help reduce taxi lines at the show, Nov. 1-4.
The show management said the state authority has agreed to lift the geographic restriction that prohibited some cabs from picking up passengers at the Sands Expo Center. As of June 1, any Las Vegas taxi can pick up passengers at the Sands, which organizers hope will reduce wait lines.
Previously, some taxis could drop passengers at the Sands or the Las Vegas Convention Center, the home of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, but they couldn't pick up passengers. As a result, attendees waiting in lines were frustrated by taxis dropping off passengers but leaving empty, AAPEX management said.
The geographic restrictions had been in place for 36 years and were established to make sure local residents has taxi service available.
“This is great news for AAPEX as it will alleviate some of the frustrations people had with taxicabs at the Sands,” said Bill Glasgow Sr., AAPEX show manager. “As a result, we expect buyers and exhibitors to be even more satisfied with their overall AAPEX experience.”
AAPEX organizers also said the number of shuttle buses running between the shows will be increased.