NOLA Needs Uber
As you probably know, Uber received a cease and desist letter in November from the City of New Orleans ordering us to halt operations — before we had even opened for business. We’ve been hard at work since then, trying to convince local officials that NOLA needs affordable, reliable and modern transportation.
Though we’re making progress, they haven’t got the message yet. Last Thursday, an ordinance was introduced in the New Orleans city council that would make a series of changes to the transportation code. While some of the changes are positive, many appear to be designed to protect the entrenched interests of the taxi industry.
Here’s what they’re proposing:
- Minimum $25 charge for sedan rides
- Minimum $35 charge for SUV rides
- Flat $75 for airport trips ($90 for SUV)
These rates constitute price fixing, plain and simple. By setting minimum prices no matter how short the trip, these rules are neither in your best interest as a consumer, nor in the best interests of local limo companies who want to provide affordable rides. These rules would handicap a high quality transportation alternative, preventing Uber from offering its service at the best possible price.
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