Friday, April 20, 2012

Taxi Rule Changes Approved by New Orleans City Council

Credit card machines, satellite-navigation devices, surveillance cameras and functioning air-conditioning will have to be standard fare in New Orleans cabs by Aug. 1, after the New Orleans City Council on Thursday adopted most of the provisions of a package of taxi industry overhauls proposed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. The new laws, designed to improve the experience of visitors and heighten driver safety, also make it illegal for cabbies to tip hotel doormen for directing them fares and to bribe taxicab bureau employees.


After five hours of debate, the council approved all 24 ordinances presented Thursday, though the slate didn't include several proposed fee increases tied to the retention and transfer of taxi permits, known as CPNCs, or Certificates of Public Necessity and Convenience. Landrieu agreed late Wednesday to kill those proposals as a concession to the industry.

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