Ride-share companies Lyft and Uber plan to resume their operations in Austin, Texas, on Monday, more than a year after both companies pulled out of the state following the rejection of a measure that would have restrictions on the ride-share companies in the city.
The return for both companies follows the passage of HB100 by the Texas legislature, which Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign on Monday. The bill stipulates that the ability to regulate ride-share companies is controlled by the state, not municipalities. As such, a city such as Austin can’t impose its own local taxes, licensing requirements, rates, or any sort of operational requirement on companies such as Uber or Lyft.
Uber revealed on Friday that it would resume its operations , apologizing to the city for “for letting an honest disagreement about regulations and consumer choice turn into a public fight,” while a Lyft spokesperson said that the company was “excited to return,” and that it will relaunch on Monday as soon as the bill is signed.
However, the new legislation doesn’t let the companies off the hook: they must obtain a permit and pay a fee to operate in the state, and must perform annual background checks […]