LAS VEGAS - There is possibly a new way people are saving money on gas and car insurance payments, relying on ride shares instead of their own vehicles.
Are people ditching their personal cars for Uber?
"Business is good. I'm always busy when I go out," said Thomas Osbeck.
Osbeck has done about 3,000 rides through Uber.
"I've taken a couple of people who don't even have a drivers license and they don't want to get it," Osbeck said. "They have no interest in driving. So, they'll take Uber everywhere."
As many as 200 people told him they ditched their own car and decided to use the ridesharing app instead.
"The prices are increasing a lot in the state so I could definitely see why people are doing that," said Alondra Varela, Supervisor of Express Auto Insurance.
When it comes to car insurance, it's no surprise that Nevadans have to deal with some of the most expensive auto insurance premiums in the entire country.
"When we have more people on the streets, whether it's tourists or people moving, that actually increases the risk," said Varela.
Unfortunately, there's no relief in sight.
"It's just a lot cheaper than owning a car," said Osbeck. "If you look at the price of a car now... it's at least $20,000 for most people. You add in the insurance and you only use it 10% of the day maybe."
Uber offers "flat fares", which means riders can pay a one time fee of $10. That gets you $2.99 Uber pool rides and $6.99 Uber X rides for the month.
"By providing Las Vegas residents with an affordable alternative to car ownership, ridesharing can help the city reclaim land occupied by parking spaces and make room for public parks, wider sidewalks, and affordable housing," said Stephanie Sedlak from Uber.
Lyft announced a similiar plan on Friday. The ridesharing company is testing a program where users pay an upfront monthly fee ranging from $199-$399.
In return, riders will get up to 60 rides a month. However, each individual ride cannot cost more than $15.
"The prices of housing is skyrocketing in the Valley so you have to cut back somewhere," said Osbeck.
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