Cab competition could come to BR via Lyft, Uber and SideCar

Two council members are trying to pave the way for companies like Lyft, Uber and SideCar to come to Baton Rouge.

Ryan Heck and John Delgado are proposing  changes to the transportation ordinances that would legalize the popular “ride share” services. The item is up for introduction tonight, meaning a vote wouldn’t happen until the next council meeting later this month.

The companies use smart phone apps to allow users to request rides. Uber uses professional drivers and charges customer credit cards based on time and distance.

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Lyft, known for the pink mustaches on the driver cars, and SideCar connect riders and drivers using their own vehicles. Riders give voluntary donations, and the companies take a cut.

The services are popular in big cities like San Francisco and New York. But they have seen significant resistance from cab driver associations who oppose the unregulated competition, which is what has prevented them from landing in New Orleans so far.