Posted: Jul 30, 2012 8:48 AM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans cab drivers say new city rules aimed at improving taxi service are too expensive, and they were given too little time to prepare for them. City and tourism officials say the changes are needed to improve an outdated fleet.
The rules include requirements that cabs be less than 11 years old, able to take credit cards, and have cameras and GPS units.
Judge Paulette Irons scheduled a hearing Monday to hear arguments from both sides. WWL-TV reports that the question is whether a temporary order is needed to block the changes, which are scheduled to take effect Wednesday.
Six taxi companies and three individuals sued to block them.
United Cabs says eliminating cabs more than 11 years old would wipe out 60 percent of its fleet.