Ride-sharing services spur debate in Jefferson Parish

Ride-sharing services spur debate in Jefferson Parish

GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - The ability of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft will be up for discussion in Jefferson Parish today before the Jefferson Parish Council.

As of now, companies like Uber and Lyft are not allowed to operate in the parish, though ride sharing to and from Louis Armstrong International Airport is available.

Today council members could vote on the regulation of ride-sharing operations issue after putting it off back in June, allowing more time for discussion.

Taxi drivers have complained that companies like Uber and Lyft don't operate under the same guidelines they do. Uber counters that its drivers and their private vehicles don't have to follow the same local laws.

Today three proposals will be put on the table before the council takes a vote.

One is the original plan that governs ride-sharing companies. Another would make the ride-sharing policies in Jefferson parish similar to those in New Orleans while a third would make cabs, Uber and Lyft drivers follow the same rules.

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