NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu vetoed City Council Ordinance #025561 that would delay the 7-year maximum age requirement for taxicabs operating in New Orleans by one year.
His veto message read in part:
“For too long, taxicabs had been cited as an impediment to attracting new businesses, conventions, major events, and leisure travelers to New Orleans. Local residents regularly expressed major concerns about reliability, vehicle appearance, and safety. With the help of the New Orleans City Council, we passed sweeping reforms in 2012 that resulted in cleaner, newer and more reliable cabs on the streets of New Orleans.
“Rolling back or delaying any taxicab reforms sends the wrong message. New Orleans deserves clean, safe, reliable and accessible taxicabs. On behalf of the nearly 80,000 people working in the cultural economy and the 75% of taxicabs that have already embraced the reforms, I am vetoing Ordinance #025561.”
View the Mayor’s veto message.