New Orleans Uber Drivers Let Riders Hail Illegally on Street, Say Cabbies

May 6, 2016

New Orleans taxi drivers say competitors with ridesharing service Uber illegally let passengers hail them on the street.

In papers filed this week in Orleans Parish Civil District Court,The Times-Picayune reported that 26 taxi drivers allege illegal acts by UberX drivers. The cabbies aren’t suing the San Francisco company itself.

The city’s ordinance states drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft can’t accept passengers unless requested through company apps. Cabbies say drivers routinely allow people to flag them down on the street in exchange for cash. One evening, plaintiffs say they documented four street hails in a little over an hour.

Ride Hailing AppsThe suit also claims UberX drivers illegally line up at hotels or taxicab stands.

The taxi drivers earlier alleged UberX drivers illegally work without chauffer’s licenses.

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