Monday, July 21, 2014

Tuesday's City Council Uber vote canceled; no date for reschedule

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM

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The New Orleans City Council meeting to discuss hail-a-cab apps like Uber,  originally scheduled for July 22, was canceled this morning and no new date has been set. The Transportation and Airport Committee was supposed to take up legislation proposed at a meeting last month that would abolish a minimum time limit on for-hire vehicles and would also allow such transportation options to be arranged via smartphone. 

Councilmember Jared Brossett, who chairs the transportation committee, canceled the meeting today, July 21. His scheduling assistant Tanya Nettles-Evans said a new date hasn't been set, and if the councilmember does not decide on a new date, the Uber vote will likely be held at the next regularly scheduled meeting August 26. 

Uber's expansion in New Orleans has been hotly contested, and at the June 24 meeting the committee voted to defer a vote in light of a host of concerns raised by council members, the taxi lobby and limo and car operators in the city, most notably the fear that Uber would inevitably bring its UberX ridesharing platform into New Orleans illegally. 

Uber had been gearing up for Tuesday's meeting with its usual social media deluge, from inviting advocates of the platform to RSVP to the meeting in exchange for t-shirts and other "swag," to carting around ice cream on July 18 via the same technology one would use to hire an Uber vehicle. 


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