Open the Uber app today in Austin and you'll be in for a surprise: The app simply says, “NO PICKUPS as of May 9th… Due to regulations passed by the City Council, Uber is no longer available within Austin city limits.” That's right. No Uber.
Texans (and visitors) needing a ride around Austin will now have to walk all the way to a corner, tell a driver where they need to go instead just inserting the address in an app, and pay using real, paper money. It’s a grim scene for any city with tacos this good.
Both Uber and Lyft stopped servicing Austin following a vote Saturday that would not exempt them from new regulations, including the fingerprinting of drivers. Voters voiced their support for the fingerprinting measure 56% to 44%. Uber and Lyft, for their part, contend these rules make it difficult for them to follow their current business models.