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Baton Rouge approves ride sharing companies

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Metro Council has voted to allow ride sharing companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar to operate in Baton Rouge.

The Advocate reports taxi cab representatives asked the council Wednesday to reject the vote on the basis that the technology companies would be subject to looser regulations and allowed to charge whatever they want.

The new ordinances approved by the council are designed to attract tech transportation companies to Baton Rouge.

These services allow passengers to use smartphone apps to hail rides from amateur drivers, often using their personal vehicles. Riders use their phones to pay with credit cards, with the company and the driver each taking a cut.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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