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Barras’ bill goes on to the Senate

April 22, 2018
By Corey Vaughn
Originally Posted on The Daily Iberian

A bill that would set a framework for ridesharing in Louisiana was passed overwhelming this past week by the Louisiana House of Representatives, 97-1. 

The bill, introduced by House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, now moves to the Senate for approval. 

According to a prepared statement, 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,” Uber Public Affairs Manager Evangeline George said. 

“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.”

“Whenever possible, we owe it to the people of Louisiana to let the free market work,” Stephen Waguespack, president and CEO of LABI, said. 

“Expanding ridesharing in Louisiana is a win/win that will put consumers in control and boost local economies.”

The bill establishes one set of rules for the operation of Transportation Network Companies 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.