In this March 12, 2014 photo, Dara Jenkins, a driver for the ride-sharing service Lyft, uses Lyft's smartphone app to see where other drivers working at the same time she is are located so she can plan the best place to wait for customers needing rides. 

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Fake rideshare drivers are getting busted, according to the Nevada Department of Business and Industry.

The Nevada Transportation Authority and Taxicab Authority have issued citations and impounded 40 vehicles for unlicensed rideshare drivers or off-app rides since the beginning of 2021.

“It seems like there are a lot more. In the month of April we have already had five impounds and we’re not quite through the month. That is a lot more than we have seen in the months prior,” said David Newton, commissioner for the Nevada Transportation Authority.

Unauthorized rideshare drivers risk citation or impounding of the vehicle. For safety purposes, passengers are told to only accept rids through a verified app or use another form of licensed transportation like a taxi, limo or shuttle.

The NTA said passengers cannot be cited for accepting unauthorized rides, but can end up paying for it in other ways.

Newton said if a driver is are operating outside of the app and gets into a crash, it's likely the drivers personal insurance will not cover the cost of injuries sustained by the passenger.

He also said the drivers business insurance will not take effect since the ride was offered outside of the app  

“That’s why this is such a focus for the Transportation Authority. Because we don’t want people involved in accidents where there is no compensation for their injuries," said Newton.

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