JP Council approves ride-sharing apps Uber, Lyft

Jefferson Parish Council approved new regulations for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

Ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft can now operate in Jefferson Parish under rules similar to New Orleans and Gretna.

The Jefferson Parish Council decided to allow ride-hailing services to operate in Jefferson Parish during their meeting Wednesday, Sept. 21. They also unanimously endorsed to strengthen regulation for the parish's taxicab companies, a move they say will put the two competing industries on a level playing field.

District One Public Service Commissioner Eric Skremetta attempted to delay the vote, by writing a letter to council members Monday night asking them to wait for state-wide regulations to the services.

Councilmembers told WWL-TV that letter states Skremetta wants to propose legislation at next year's session that would create guidelines for services like Uber and Lyft, at a state level and not parish-by-parish.

The debate over regulating ride-sharing apps has been going on for more than a year in Jefferson Parish.

WWL-TV will have more details at 6 p.m.

(© 2016 WWL)


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