BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - According to the Baton Rouge Business Report, the Taxicab Control Board says Uber is operating illegally in Baton Rouge. Uber is a ridesharing company that began operating Friday in Baton Rouge.
Under the ordinance approved by the Baton Rouge Metro Council, companies like Uber are required to pay a $75 per vehicle fee, submit a quarterly report detailing the number of registered vehicles, and fill out associated paperwork.
According to the Baton Rouge Business Report, officials with the Taxicab Control Board say the application for Uber to operate has not been finalized. "They have not come to the board, they have not presented an application, and the board definitely has not seen anything," says Darla Vaughn to the Business Report. She is an assistant revenue manager with the city-parish and a member of the Taxicab Control Board.
After reaching out to Uber for a statement, their spokesperson responded via email with this response:
"We look forward to working with city officials to finalize the registration process and getting all the paperwork out of the way. While we finish crossing our 'T's and dotting our 'I's, Uber will continue moving Baton Rouge residents and visitors around town with the safest, most reliable ride on the road."
Uber officials will continue to operate even though they are not in compliance with city-parish regulations.
"They should not be operating currently," says Vaughn to the Baton Rouge Business Report. She says the city-parish will ask Uber to comply with the ordinance "by a certain date," and will not issue a cease-and-desist order unless the company fails to do so.