Yesterday, Kenner City Council approved an amendment to its recent ride-hailing regulation, no longer holding ride-hailing drivers more responsible.
According to The Advocate, the amendments removed the requirement for Uber and Lyft drivers to obtain an occupational permit; charge $15 per person on airport trips with an excess of two riders; and being subject to random drug and background tests. Kenner City Council approved the amended ordinance 5-0, with one city council member absent.
During the meeting, taxi drivers were upset at added regulations that made competition between taxi drivers and ride-hailing services unfair. The Kenner City Council said they would consider regulation reduction for Taxi drivers.
Kenner City Council approved the original regulation on Thursday, June 2. Kenner’s mayor called a special meeting days after the regulation passed, hoping to sway the council’s decision.
The regulation primarily affected Uber, since the ride-hailing service Lyft is not permitted to operate at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.