In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, a driver displaying Lyft and Uber stickers on his front windshield drops off a customer in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File) (Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher Associated Press DETROIT — Hailing a ride with a smartphone app in many U.S. cities is coming down to a fight over fingerprints.) Louisiana’s Department of Transportation and Development would take over regulating app-based transit companies such as Uber and Lyft under recently filed legislation in an effort to unify piecemeal laws local governments have approved in recent years and open the door for the ride-share companies to expand statewide.
House Bill 527 filed by Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson, and Rep. Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, would create a statewide system including a standard fee for so-called transportation network companies that connect typically part-time independent drivers and riders through smartphone apps.
Havard said he considers the legislation a form of deregulation. The state doesn’t need every city and parish creating their own transportation network company laws, he said. "This clears everything up and makes sure that everybody is operating on the same page," he said.
In the metro area, the New Orleans City Council, Gretna City Council and […]