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Crabby Cabbies Strike Back

Taxi Drivers Sue Uber Drivers

NOLA’s cabbies may have been forced to install credit card machines and accept pedicabs, but the livery drivers are drawing the line with Uber. In a Monday (5.02) filing, 26 cabbies sued 21 Uber drivers for what they see as unfair competition.

Overnight Crime Report: Unclassified Death on Decatur, Shooting, Armed Robberies, Pedestrian Killed

On the final big day of tourist seson, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) responded to an unclassified death, a mugging, a shooting, CVS stickup, and a pedestrian killed by a car according to the Major Offense Log (MOL) for Sunday (5.01).

Getting A Lyft

Just when the controversy surrounding Uber is fading, a new ride-sharing service is coming to town. Lyft began operations in the Crescent City on Thursday (3.3).

Not Fare

A local cabbie has much bigger problems than competition from Uber. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are on the hunt for a dastardly duo accused of holding up one the city’s livery drivers on Wednesday (10.07) night.

Cops Canvas for Canal Cab Crook

Driving on Canal Street is a near impossibility right now. The situation wasn’t much better on July 2, 2015 when the NOPD says that one man stole a cab. Authorities say that the man’s crime spree lasted only a few block but involved several collisions. Now police have released a photo of the suspect.

According to New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) PIO Frank Robertson, around 2:00p.m. a cabbie from Country White Fleet Cab left his 2010 Chrysler Town and Country taxi in front of the Sheraton on the 500 block of Canal with the keys in the ignition. 

Making the Gig

Tips on the Fleet of Shuttles, Buses, Bikes, Taxis, Uber, Pedicabs at Jazz Fest

Jazz Fest is a self contained world within the Fair Grounds. Unfortunately, the area outside the gate can feel like commuter chaos, especially given the void of any public parking. Yet, if you leave the car at home, there are plenty of options to ride or pedal your way to the fun.

Uber Renews NOLA Push

Despite some initial spurning, Uber is still standing on a New Orleans sidewalk trying to hail some business. The national app-based ride service (that's not a taxi company) hasn't been shy about their desire to expand to the Crescent City. But City officials have said the laws would need to be changed to allow the company to operate.

New Taxi Regs Are 'Disaster in the Making': NoDef Inbox

The following is an open letter to New Orleans officials from Jennifer Woodroff of British Columbia, Canada. She submitted the letter to NOLA Defender unsolicited. Her opinions do not reflect the official views of the NoDef editorial board.


Dear Mayor and Council:


I am writing this open letter to you as a frequent visitor to New Orleans. While recently visiting my favourite place in the world, I learned of planned changes to criteria for operating a commercial taxi in the City of New Orleans from a friend of mine. He is an independent taxi driver.

Crabby Cabbies Take Fight to City Hall

by Erica Boni

A new set of regulations imposed on taxi drivers in New Orleans have sparked a series of citywide protests that participants claim they are planning to continue every Thursday until the city considers changing the new City taxicab regulations that were recently enacted. Last week, the disgruntled drivers tried to crash one of the mayor's press conferences. Today, they showed up at the doorstep of City Hall. NoDef caught up with the dozens of clamoring cabbies at the corner of Loyola and Perdido as they tried to get their point across.

Taxi Jacked in Treme

In yet more proof of how brazen New Orleans criminals are, a man not only robbed a cab driver this morning, but made off with the taxi as well. Just after 2 a.m., the man flagged down a taxi in the 900 block of N. Rampart St. Once in the cab, the man brandished a gun and demanded the driver's money, according to police. The man, described as stocky, 6 ft. tall with a low haircut and clean shaven, then ordered the driver out of the car near Columbus and N. Derbigny, and drove away. Police later recovered the cab in the 1100 block of St. Philip St., but have not captured the cabjacker. If United would get a confession cam, this would never be an issue.

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