After a couple of years of batting around the issue, the Parish Council approved a set of regulations that include nationwide criminal background checks and the possibility of random drug tests every three months and applied these to taxi services as well, and also standards for vehicle registration, and guidelines for drivers to identify publicly their cars as ride sharing providers. These largely mirror actions taken by other Louisiana local governments in which national ride share companies have started operations, all in the southern part of the state, except for St. Tammany Parish where its governments just wink and nod at provision of the service.
State law presently mandates entirely regulation of endpoint-to-endpoint for-hire transportation within a parish and ten miles surrounding it by local governments, hence the necessity of enabling ordinances for such services to operate legally. However, a number of states – 20 according to Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta and 34 according to the leading ride share outfit Uber – have statewide regulation of services like Uber. The only Louisiana statewide standards come in the area of insurance for these drivers and their vehicles, passed last year.