Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn issued a statement Friday calling for City Council members to return to the table and “seek a solution” to problems created by the ride-hailing ordinance they passed Thursday night.
Zahn’s statement came after representatives of both major ride-hailing companies, Uber and Lyft, said that they will likely have to stop doing business in the city if the new rules passed Thursday night are allowed to go into effect.
The chief concerns from both companies were the requirement that drivers have a city occupational license, which council members said would cost about $50 per year.
Uber also said the preset fees on rides from Louis Armstrong International Airport — $33 for up to two passengers and $15 for each additional passenger — were antithetical to its business model and would force it to stop taking fares. Lyft doesn’t operate at the airport.
The rules were passed after a three hour debate […]