NEW ORLEANS — City officials say they will stop taking applications for 105 new taxicab permits on Friday at noon.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office said a large number of applications has been received since the city announced Monday that it would be handing out new certificates of public necessity and convenience for the first time in decades.
The new permits are part of a broader effort to bring the city’s taxicab fleet in line with new regulations requiring upgrades such as credit card machines and GPS devices.
The city plans to hand out 75 of the new permits to drivers who’ve never held one before, and split the remainder between major cab companies.
The increase will bring the number of taxi permits citywide to a little more than 1,550.