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Could Uber be headed toward New Orleans?

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A new car service may soon be coming to the City of New Orleans but not everyone is on board with the plan.

Uber is a ride-sharing app operating in many cities across the country.

Ryan Kelly, a writer for New Orleans CityBusiness, explains, "UberBLACK is a luxury black car sedan service that has a little bit higher fares than a taxi and that's what they're trying to bring in right now."

With the tap of a finger, users can order an Uber car to take them wherever they please. Just last week, the New Orleans City Council introduced an ordinance that would govern how the system worked, if brought here. Riders would pay a minimum of $25 for sedans and $35 for SUV's.

But Uber cars don't have meters and don't really have any cap on how much they can charge riders. In many other places, the company also has UberX which is more comparable to a taxi service.

"Uber has a history of introducing the UberBLACK service in cities and then eventually following with UberX," said Kelly.

Nawlins Cab owner Sheree Kerner says, "If they do successfully get in the market, it's probably going to kill the taxi industry."

UberX allows almost anyone to use their car to pick up paying passengers. If you're at least 23, have a car and insurance, you simply sign up on their website to become a driver.

The fear Sheree Kerner and others have is that Uber drivers will charge riders less than what cabs would charge, thus taking away business from cabbies. "That'll be just like 1930," said Kerner. "It's going to be like where it wasn't regulated and they liked it at that time but then came the crime, the ratty cars and all that so they cried for regulation."

In a statement, a spokesperson for Uber says the company is focused right now on bringing UberBLACK and UberSUV to New Orleans. It goes on to say the Uber platform is generating 20,000 new driver jobs every month.

The New Orleans City Council will have final say on if Uber can operate here. That decision is expected in the coming weeks.

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