Douglas McGinity, a rideshare accident attorney, knows how many people in New Orleans are using Ubers and Lyfts every day. Now that number is expected to rise! Three years ago, Cab drivers were looking at the first fare increase they saw in six years. At that time, Uber and Lyft were not as popular as they are now.
The New Orleans council approved the fare increase on a 6-0 vote. Now Cab Drivers are even more concerned. At the beginning of this month, more than 100 local cab drivers joined a spontaneous protest at the New Orleans airport as a Kenner vehicle inspector began writing citations for taxi drivers who did not have Kenner permits.
As the crowd of Irate cabbies grew, several Kenner police officers arrived to keep the peace as the Kenner Vehicle Inspector left the scene because of the commotion. Cab drivers believed that this was unfair because they already pay for a permit from the City of New Orleans and did not understand why they have to pay an additional fee in Kenner.
Aside from all of that, more and more people utilize Uber and Lyft than ever before. Most of these people argue that it is more convenient based on the app. Rideshare is also much more popular because of the tourists here in the city. In other cities, cab companies are not as popular. When tourists come to visit New Orleans, they are already familiar with Uber and Lyft and usually use it out of convenience.
With the rise of demand for Uber and Lyft, more and more drivers are joining the RideShare job market! Keep in mind that the roads in New Orleans are flooded with drunk drivers, potholes, and confusing construction. If you or a loved one has been injured while in an Uber or a Lyft, contact Douglas McGinity today! Learn more about his experience here.