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(LAS VEGAS, KXNT, A.P.)–New signs at McCarran airport in Las Vegas may help tourists avoid a taxi ride rip-off.

The Nevada Taxicab Authority unveiled signs Friday that estimate how long a ride should take and how much it should cost to get to different destinations in town.

The signs aim to curb long-hauling, the practice of “long-hauling”, where drivers take a roundabout route to run up the meter on a cab. Passengers unfamiliar with Las Vegas often can’t tell whether a ride is longer than it should be.

The charts will be on display at two doors on Terminal 1 and soon at the taxi staging area at Terminal 3.

Long-hauling is illegal, but cab drivers are allowed to take longer, alternate routes to avoid traffic if the passenger gives them permission.

In an interview with KXNT Charles Harvey of the Authority said that unlike many cities, Las Vegas sets cab rates based on the time of day and the day that a cab run is made.

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