Both Uber and Lyft ceased operations in Austin last year because of those rules, first implemented in late 2015. A particular sticking point was a requirement that all drivers be fingerprinted, a rule which applies to other professional drivers in the city, but which Uber and Lyft described as burdensome.
In a blog post about their return, Uber struck a conciliatory tone, writing “we’re sorry, Austin – for leaving the way we did; for letting an honest disagreement about regulations and consumer choice turn into a public fight.”
That fight began when the companies tried to overturn Austin’s regulations by pouring nearly $9 million dollars into a local repeal referendum, saying they would leave if they didn’t win. But as Austinite Richard Parker put it in an op-ed at the time , “We don’t take kindly to threats,” and the […]