Cabbies take issue with ride sharing company looking at Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE - At least one new company is interested in setting up a ride sharing business in Baton Rouge.
Wednesday night, Metro Councilmen John Delgado and Ryan Heck introduced changes to an existing city law that would allow transportation companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar to operate in Baton Rouge. The proposed changes include requiring transportation network companies to conduct background checks and inspect vehicles. But, the companies would not have to follow the rules of the Taxicab Control Board.
Taxi companies in Baton Rouge are upset about the move.
"If you have to make concessions for someone to come to town, obviously there's a reason why. Mostly, it's because they want to skirt the issues," said Yellow Cab manager Keith Wyckoff.
But, Delgado says he's trying to bring a new form of transportation to the city.
"This is the new technology, this is the way we can provide a service to the city of Baton Rouge," he said. "Those are the people I'm most concerned with, the people who are going out, getting a drink and getting behind the wheel of a car rather than calling a cab because a cab takes 45 minutes to an hour."
Delgado said the council will vote on the ordinance changes at the next meeting. If the council agrees, a ride sharing company could be operating in Baton Rouge by the end of the year.