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Cab drivers try taking their message to Mayor Landrieu

New Orleans cab drivers tried to take their message directly to Mayor Mitch Landrieu Thursday.

They protested at the site of his scheduled outdoor press conference on St. Roch Avenue.

To avoid it Landrieu moved his outdoor press conference inside City Hall.

The taxi drivers want more time to install cameras, credit card machines and GPS devices in their vehicles.

They say the new required equiment needs to be implemented over time because it’s too expensive to purchase at once.

Drivers say they’ll need more than $20,000 to meet the regulations.

The city says the reforms are reasonable and are seen in cities that compete with New Orleans for tourists.

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