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Louisiana House Passes Statewide Ridesharing Legislation With Overwhelming Support


April 19, 2018
Originally Posted on Biz New Orleans

The Louisiana House of Representatives today overwhelmingly passed a statewide framework for ridesharing in Louisiana, just as 45 states across the country have done. HB 749, which was introduced by House Speaker Taylor Barras (R-District 48), passed the House by a vote of 97 to 1 and now moves to the Senate.

Local elected officials and business leaders in the Let’s Geaux Louisiana Coalition championed the need for a single set of statewide rules for ridesharing companies in Louisiana to help keep people safe, create more economic opportunities, and expand access to reliable transportation.  

“We thank Speaker Barras and the House of Representatives for passing a clear set of rules for ridesharing in the state that would bring Uber’s access to convenient rides and flexible work opportunities to more communities throughout Louisiana,” said Uber Public Affairs Manager Evangeline George. “The Louisiana Senate now has the opportunity to give residents across the state the same access to transportation options and economic opportunities as those in the 45 states that have already passed statewide ridesharing frameworks."

"By passing HB 749 the Louisiana House of Representatives has brought the state one step closer to a common-sense framework that ensures all citizens have more opportunities to earn income and access to transportation," said Lyft spokesperson Chelsea Harrison. "Lyft has formed great relationships with riders and drivers in many Louisiana communities, and we look forward to extending our service statewide when HB 749 passes in the Senate and is signed by the Governor."

“Whenever possible, we owe it to the people of Louisiana to let the free market work,” said Stephen Waguespack, president and CEO of LABI. “Expanding ridesharing in Louisiana is a win/win that will put consumers in control and boost local economies.”

“The launch of ridesharing in Monroe brought new opportunities for our residents, and those opportunities should not stop at city limits,” said Mayor of Monroe Jamie Mayo.  “I am proud to support a statewide framework for ridesharing because all Louisiana residents should be able to access these services easily and simply.”

“My constituents deserve the same access to ridesharing that’s available in Louisiana’s biggest cities,” said President of Terrebonne Parish Gordon Dove. “A statewide framework will bring ridesharing to Terrebonne Parish, giving our residents the ability to earn extra income and get the safe rides that they deserve.” 

“Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are a vital and expected service for businesses and residents in thousands of communities across the country,” said President and CEO of Laitram Jay Lapeyre. “Forty-five states have given ridesharing companies the regulatory certainty they need to expand and bring reliable, convenient and safe service to more communities, and it’s time for Louisiana to do the same.” 

“Our elected officials should be doing everything in their power to keep people safe and keep drunks off the road, which is why it’s time to bring ridesharing statewide,” said Victor Silvio, an Uber and Lyft driver-partner in Baton Rouge who lost his son to a drunk driver. “When people have access to a convenient ride, they make safer choices. Providing more people in Louisiana with access to ridesharing will help keep us all safe.” 

The bill establishes one set of rules for the operation of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft in the State of Louisiana, replacing the existing patchwork of conflicting local regulations. The bill requires background screening standards for TNC drivers and includes consumer protection provisions that strengthen the community of riders and drivers in Louisiana with requirements such as fare transparency, electronic receipts and ease of identification of TNC vehicles and drivers.

Last year, a similar bill also passed the Louisiana House of Representatives but did not receive a vote in the Senate. 

For more information about on statewide ridesharing legislation and how it will help Louisiana, visit https://geauxridesharing.com/.

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