NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Ride-sharing companies can now legally operate in Orleans Parish.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed the City Council ordinance Wednesday morning, which permits companies like UberX and Lyft to pick up passengers in the city.
Uber's high-end service, Uber Black, which requires drivers to have a commercial license, already operates in New Orleans. UberX is a lower-cost service that allows drivers with traditional Class E drivers licenses to drive their own personal cars.
Those in the taxicab industry say there are concerns about safety because UberX drivers do not have to go through the same rigorous licensing procedure as cab drivers.