Neither Lyft nor Uber had access to Texas’ capital for an entire year. The streets did not host the presence of such ride-hailing services anymore due to local law. This stipulation that put an end to the collaboration between the city and the two companies expected fingerprint records for drivers. However, a new regulating law might put the two organizations on the map of Austin once more.
Governor Greg Abbott Is Expected to Sign New Regulating Law
Both Uber and Lyft stated that they would resume their activity on Austin’s streets this Monday. This new beginning was possible through the Governor Greg Abbott. The lawmaker is expected to sign a new regulating law. This bill nominates the state and not local governments as the main regulator for the ride-hailing industry.
This recent move is a solution to a controversial topic. Austin has a reputation to preserve. The capital of Texas is the most advanced city from a technological point of view in the state.
As a consequence, it was curious that this tech-savvy location was missing the activity of the most influential tech companies in the modern ride-hailing domain. Some conservative leaders tried to explain these circumstances by describing the tech economy as broad enough to host other capable alternatives.
Travis Considine, a spokesman for Uber, stated that his company is excited to conquer Austin once again. The representative admitted that Uber has a lot of work to do to get in compliance with the local guidelines.
“Austin is an incubator for technology and entrepreneurship, and we are excited to be back in the mix.”
Uber and Lyft Preferred to Leave Austin Rather than Create a Fingerprint Database
The whole issue that kept such tech giants away from a technologically advanced place started from a particular requirement. The city demanded companies to create a fingerprint database for their drivers. Supporters view this bill as a way to offer clients an environment without drivers that possess criminal records.
On the other hand, Uber and Lyft refused to participate. Their explanation was that the process seems outdated and can only slow down their recruiting efforts. Moreover, they already had their own background check in place.
The new regulation law will enable Texas to be counted as one of the 40 states that legalized the ride-hailing industry through specific bills. Florida was the latest state that solved this situation last month.
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