Major upgrades revealed in New Orleans taxi cab reform plan

Major upgrades revealed in New Orleans taxi cab reform plan
Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 3:45pm

UPDATED: Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 3:49pm

The cost of a cab ride in New Orleans will get a little more expensive due to the announcement of a comprehensive package to reform the city’s service. The cost, however, is all to create a safer, more reliable service just in time for next year’s Super Bowl.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced on Friday, March 16 that there will be more regulations, inspections and oversight for cab drivers in the Crescent City. All of that means a higher cost for passengers.

The reforms come as part of the preparations for the 2013 Super Bowl, which will be hosted in New Orleans.

"Previous efforts to change have failed. Not this time. This time, the stakes are too high," Landrieu said.

Landrieu notes that the improvements will cost about $2,000 to outfit the cabs with credit card machines, security cameras and a silent alarm system for drivers in distress. Much of these upgrades should be welcomed by drivers who have witnessed dangerous situations in the recent past regarding robbery and violence.

The cab reform package is expected to go before the Transportation Committee of the City Council on March 27 and before the full Council on April 5.

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