Cab competition could come to BR via Lyft, Uber, Sidecar ride share services _lowres

Photo provided by www.wired.com -- Lyft, known for the pink mustaches on the driver cars, and SideCar connect riders and drivers using their own vehicles. Riders give voluntary donations, and the companies take a cut.

Two council members are trying to pave the way for companies like Lyft, Uber and SideCar to come to Baton Rouge.

Ryan Heck and John Delgado are proposing changes to the transportation ordinances that would legalize the popular “ride share” services. The item is up for introduction tonight, meaning a vote wouldn’t happen until the next council meeting later this month.

The companies use smart phone apps to allow users to request rides. Uber uses professional drivers and charges customer credit cards based on time and distance.