Letter asks JP parish council to hold off on Uber, Lyft regulation decision

Jade Cunningham talks about a letter asking the JP Parish Council to hold off on a decision about ride-sharing.

JEFFERSON PARISH, La. - Uber and Lyft could soon be coming to Jefferson Parish.

It all hinges on how the parish council decides to regulate those ride-hailing services, a vote could come as soon as Wednesday.

District One Public Service Commissioner Eric Skremetta, believes it's not in the best interest of each parish or city to have their own set of regulations with these ride-hailing services. So, he sent a letter to the Council Monday night, asking they hold off on making a decision at the next Council meeting.

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.

This is a topic that's been going on now for more than a year in Jefferson Parish. At each Council meeting, the issue has been discussed, there has been a lot of feedback from all sides.

The taxi cab companies feel Uber and Lyft drivers have less requirements than they do, and Uber and Lyft companies said they want regulations, but what's being proposed by the Jefferson Parish Council would negatively impact their services.

Councilwoman at Large for District B, Cynthia Lee-Sheng, said Skremetta's letter could be discussed at length tomorrow, but that she is hoping for a solution and soon.

"I think for me, I would like for it to be over with tomorrow, after tomorrow's debate," she said. "I think we know where everyone stands on it. I think everyone is well informed, so hopefully we can get to some resolution tomorrow it's been a long time coming. But we'll see, we'll see what happens with the discussion and with the debate. I think most people want as many transportation options for our citizens as possible, but they want it in a safe way. So for my intents and purposes, if we're going to put our stamp of approval on it and give them a Jefferson Parish permit, I think we should make sure there are public safety parameters there."

Wednesday's meeting is at 10 a.m. at the Joseph S. Yenni Building and is open to the public.


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