Don’t fret, parade-goers. It appears like Uber will be up and running this weekend in New Orleans.
A hearing related to the lawsuit New Orleans cabbies have brought against UberX drivers won’t be heard until the end of the month. The hearing was originally scheduled for Friday.
The lawsuit says UberX drivers should be blocked from picking up passengers because they don’t meet the requirements of state law.
Specifically, the Civil District Court suit is being brought by two dozen cab drivers against 10 specific UberX drivers, but it could lay the groundwork for a wider-reaching ruling aimed at undercutting the city ordinance allowing the ride-hailing service to operate in New Orleans.
The City Council and Mayor Mitch Landrieu approved an ordinance allowing UberX in New Orleans in April. But the suit alleges that state law prohibits motorists from picking up fares unless they have a chauffeur’s license or commercial driver’s license from the state.
?Jeff Adelson contributed to this report.