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Fri August 15, 2014
New Orleans City Council Delays Decision On Uber Luxury Car Service
The New Orleans City Council has delayed a decision on allowing luxury limousine service from the cell phone-based company, Uber.
Members decided to revisit the matter at its September 4 meeting.
The company, with support from the mayor’s office, wants to start at least limited service. Uber operates in other cities, where customers book rides from an app.
The limousine service proposed in New Orleans is called Uber Black. The ordinance removes the requirement that limousines be reserved for a minimum of three hours. It would also adjust the rate structure to make shorter trips more practical.
Councilman James Gray proposed the delay. He predicts the ordinance will ultimately be approved and the service will be allowed.
Taxi companies say it’s unfair because Uber doesn’t have to operate under the same restrictions and standards that they face.