Sunday May 08, 2016

Uber And Lyft To Shut Down In Austin

Legislation that would have prevented Uber and Lyft from having to comply to Austin’s demand for fingerprinting has failed, so the companies are pulling out.

Both companies say they'll shut down their Austin operations on the morning of May 9th after 56 percent of voters rejected Proposition 1, which would have prevented the city from demanding fingerprint-based background checks as well as banning pickups in traffic lanes. The outfits contend that these measures are too much of a burden on both drivers (who'd have a harder time getting started) and passengers (who'd have to be picky about where they hail rides).

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