Uber may make its way to Ascension

Staff Report

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa announced the Parish Council will consider the introduction of a ride sharing ordinance at tonight's meeting in Gonzales, which would pave the way for businesses offering an alternative personal transportation service in the parish.

Uber and Lyft are the most popular app-based taxi-service alternatives where qualified drivers use personal vehicles to provide taxi transportation.

“This ride sharing ordinance will be great for Ascension Parish,” Matassa said. “It not only provides residents with a cost-effective mode of transportation, but it also opens up the possibility of new jobs for interested drivers.”

According to Uber’s company website, it now operates in over 400 cities in 65 countries.

“We look forward to expanding safe, reliable transportation options and flexible work opportunities throughout the Ascension Parish community,” said Thomas Hayes, general manager of Uber Louisiana. “If passed into law, Ascension Parish would join their neighbors in East Baton Rouge, other Louisiana communities like New Orleans and Lafayette, and 30 states across the country that have welcomed Uber with sensible, modern ride sharing laws.”

As a passenger using a ride sharing service, they must download and install the app on their iPhone, Android, or Windows phone. After those steps are completed, the passenger launches the app and logs in with information provided during the sign-up process.

The passenger can link a credit card or PayPal account as a form of payment. Passengers will only be charged when taking rides, but this allows for a cash-free environment.

Drivers who work for the ride sharing services can be their own bosses and set their hours. Drivers must be at least 21 years old and have access to a good condition, four-door vehicle. Drivers must also pass a criminal background check and show proof of liability coverage.