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Austin Ballot Vote Stops Uber, Lyft

Posted on May 9, 2016

Austin voters approved ballot that calls for TNC drivers to be fingerprinted.
Austin voters approved ballot that calls for TNC drivers to be fingerprinted.

AUSTIN, Texas—After voters here rejected a proposal for loosened regulations on ride-hailing apps Saturday, May 7, both Uber and Lyft have announced they will be "pausing" operations in the city today.

In late 2015 Austin's City Council approved an ordinance requiring companies like Uber and Lyft to be regulated like taxis. That meant, among other things, drivers would have to be fingerprinted as part of a background check.

Uber and Lyft, in response, pushed a ballot proposal asking voters to choose between that city ordinance and a looser statewide law.

National Public Radio article here.

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