One of the remaining points of contention is whether Uber and Lyft drivers should have to undergo additional background checks conducted by the parish. The companies, which do their own checks, say it would be an undue burden; cabbies insist those reviews are essential for customers’ safety.
Business Council leader Tony Ligi and Chamber of Commerce head Todd Murphy said resolving the conflict will be crucial if Jefferson Parish wants to be perceived as progressive by the young people who have flocked to the new services.
Not everyone was happy about the delay. Cab drivers wanted the council to vote Wednesday on proposed rules that would have mandated background checks and operating fees comparable to those to which the taxi industry is subjected.
Uber has said it would not be willing to do business in Jefferson under those regulations. And several drivers for Lyft urged council members Wednesday not to stymie employment opportunities with the ride-booking companies with unreasonably onerous rules.
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