After Uber went before the New Orleans City Council’s Transportation Committee earlier this month and found strict price controls proposed for the on demand car request service, the company and its supporters will be back again today (June 24) for another discussion regarding the regulations.
“Our biggest concern right now is the fare minimums that are proposed in the ordinance,” Uber’s New Orleans GM Tom Hayes said. “As written, it doesn’t actually work with our business model.”
“We’ve for awhile now had a really popular outcry of demand here,” said Hayes. “There’s been tens of thousands of people that have opened up the app in the New Orleans area, and that shows us that people want these options here.”
Hayes sent out the following email encouraging Uber supporters to join him at City Hall today at 10:00 AM:
“Due to the efforts of you and your fellow citizens, council members have gotten hundreds of tweets, emails, and phone calls saying that you want Uber with no price controls!
However, we need to keep the momentum going to reach our goal. [Today], Tuesday, June 24th at 10am, the New Orleans City Council Transportation Committee will discuss these proposed changes. We want your voice to continue to be heard.
It is an open meeting and there will be a comment period so if you are available and want to speak or show your support through your presence, we would encourage you to come on down. We will be handing out stickers and key chains as well to help you show your support.”
The meeting will be held at City Council Chamber in the East Wing on the first floor of City Hall (1300 Perdido Street).