Ask the editor: How does Uber and Lyft return affect Austin? | Community Impact Newspaper

The statewide law superseded municipal rules, such as Austin’s requirement for ride-hailing drivers to undergo fingerprint-based background checks. Uber and Lyft left Austin after the failure of a ballot proposition calling for looser regulations of the local ride-hailing industry.

Under the December 2015 ordinance, an app-based ride-hailing company with dynamic pricing, also known as a transportation network company, had to apply for an operating authority from the city. Companies were also expected to have 99 percent of their drivers compliant with the fingerprinting mandate.

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