Vote on ride sharing services in Jefferson Parish delayed

Vote on ride sharing services in Jefferson Parish delayed

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Those hoping to see ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft operate in Jefferson Parish may have to wait until August before a decision is made.

Right now it's illegal for companies the ride sharing services to operate in Jefferson Parish.

According to a council member, the council was supposed to decide whether to lift the ban at a meeting later today. But that vote has been deferred.

That likely won't happen until Jefferson Parish business leaders get the chance to voice their opinion on the issue.

Taxi cab companies and the union that represents drivers are against the idea of ride sharing services operating in Jefferson parish.

"All I'm asking is that you all pass something that is safe and it protects this parish as soon as possible," said Daniel Hebert of Metry Cab.

Eddie Cutno of the New Orleans Taxi Cab Drivers Union Local 234 echoed that opinion.

"What we need besides regulations we need some enforcement. We need somebody out on the street to enforce these rules," Cutno said.

Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken says residents pushing for the council to allow Uber to operate inside the parish have already sent her thousands of emails.

While the measure has been deferred, many are still expected to attend the meeting to voice their opinions today.

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