Pedicab New Orleans Salary — Pedicabs

Pedicab New Orleans Salary

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Just like restaurants and strip clubs, the taxicab industry in New Orleans is bound to the city's seasonal tourist flow. Stumble out of Ms. Mae's in July and a cab is waiting at the door. Stumble out of Ms. Mae's during Mardi Gras and you may be out of luck.

  "It depends on the season, " says Syed Kazmi, president of United Cabs Inc. "If you're talking about Mardi Gras, not everybody will get the ride. If you're talking about Jazz Festival, not everybody will get the ride. But what about half of the year when half of the cabs are waiting for an hour, two hours, three hours?"

  If you can't always get a cab in New Orleans, then why not welcome a free app that lets you hail a car — a very nice car — whenever, wherever, track its progress as it approaches, learn about your driver (and rate him or her after the ride), pay via credit card information stored on your phone and arrive at your destination hassle-free — in many cases for less money than it costs to ride in a taxi?

  Uber, the app that connects riders to drivers, is a reality in more than 70 cities around the world, and though some residents are waiting for its expansion into the New Orleans market, it's been met with very real opposition by city officials.

Uber's  How much opposition? In October, Taxicab Bureau Director Malachi Hull issued a letter banning the app from coordinating any rides. "Notice to Cease Unlawful Transportation Operations in the City of New Orleans, " it was titled, accusing Uber of "illegally advertising for drivers, advertising for riders, and/or facilitating for hire and courtesy transportation in the City of New Orleans."

  Uber has never given a ride in New Orleans.

  "That cease-and-desist letter marked a first for Uber, " says Nairi Hourdajian, a spokeswoman for the company, who adds that Uber has never experienced such resistance from any city into which it's thus far attempted to expand. "To receive a cease-and-desist letter from a city in which the service wasn't even available, it's a little confusing to see something like that."

Taxi and limo companies worry about allowing a new player into an already competitive market, especially if it's not subject to the same regulations as the taxicab industry, but fans of the app say transportation should be subject to the rules of a free market defined by consumer choice, not government policing. (Despite numerous requests, the city declined to make Hull available for an interview.)

  "The status quo of transportation options in cities prior to Uber had been fairly unchanged for decades, " Hourdajian says. "So whenever you're upsetting that status quo, injecting additional competition and consumer choice into the marketplace, those that were benefiting from the status quo tend not to be too pleased about it."

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