May 25, 2017

With Bill in Gov. Abbott’s Hands, Uber and Lyft Could Be Back In Austin Sooner Than You Think



screen shot of Uber application showing on Asus Zenfone 2 mobile phone
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The new law will take effect immediately as soon as Abbott signs it.

“We will be back in Austin upon the Governor’s signature,” Uber’s public affairs director in Texas, Trevor Theunissen, told Austin Inno.

The bill’s aim is relatively simple. It replaces all the local ride-hailing laws that cities and counties have approved with a single, statewide law that doesn’t require drivers to go through a fingerprint-based background check.

“A statewide framework for ridesharing will help bring greater economic opportunity and expanded access to safe, reliable transportation options to more Texans,” Sarfraz Maredia, general manager for Uber Texas, said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to making Uber available in more cities across Texas and continuing to serve drivers, riders, and the communities in which they live.”

The company didn’t provide any additional response to questions about when Uber plans to return if and when the new law takes effect. Lyft couldn’t be reached immediately, […]

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