New Orleans Cabbies: Uber Drivers Illegally Let Riders Hail On Street

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans taxi drivers say competitors with ride-hailing service Uber illegally let passengers hail them on the street.

         In papers filed Monday in Orleans Parish Civil District Court, The Times-Picayune’s Wilborn P. Nobles III reports that 26 taxi drivers allege illegal acts by UberX drivers. The cabbies aren't suing the San Francisco company itself.

         The city's ordinance states drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft can't accept passengers unless requested through company apps. Cabbies say drivers routinely allow people to flag them down on the street in exchange for cash. One evening, plaintiffs say they documented four street hails in a little over an hour.

         The suit also claims UberX drivers illegally line up at hotels or taxicab stands.

         The taxi drivers earlier alleged UberX drivers illegally work without chauffer's licenses.

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