Mayor Mitch Landrieu has promptly vetoed a proposal narrowly passed by the City Council Thursday giving cab drivers who are still driving old cabs 12 more months to comply with new age requirements for cabs.
By a 4-3 vote, the Council granted cabbies another year to get cabs older than 7 years off the streets.
Stacy Head, Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, LaToya Cantrell and James Gray voted for the extension while Jackie Clarkson, Kristin Palmer and Susan Guidry voted against it.
Cab drivers packed the City Council chambers to show support for the extension. The administration was opposed to it.
"We believe at this point and particularly at this state, that any additional extension is not called for," said Eric Granderson, spokesman for the administration. "We believe it also is a bit unfair to the vast majority of taxicab drivers in this city who are in compliance with the law as it is."