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Uber and Lyft shut down in Austin after voters defeat Proposition 1

by • May 7, 2016 • No Comments

Currently voters in Austin went to the polls to weigh in on Proposition 1, an take on to overturn a bill requiring mandatory fingerprint-based criminal background checks for new Uber and Lyft drivers in the city.

The results are in, and with 56 percent of total voters voting against Prop 1, the proposition failed to pass. This means which the bill requiring fingerprint-based background checks can proceed, with new drivers needing to pass the check preceding being able-bodied to drive.

In response to the news, Uber and Lyft have revealed which they can be shutting down operations in the city — at very least temporarily.

Uber and Lyft have argued which their own background checks are stringent adequate, and which the fingerprint-based checks (which may be done by the city of Austin) are an unnecessary burden and cost which may manufacture it harder to recruit drivers to the platform.

The defeat is a serious setback for Uber and Lyft, who spent a combined $8 million on advertisements encouraging voters to assist the proposition. Comparatively, a political action committee which is anti-Prop 1 spent under $100,000 on advertisements opposing the proposition.

In a tweet, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, who did not assist the proposition, responded to the vote saying which “The individuals have spoken unquestionably tonight. Uber and Lyft are welcome to stay and I invite them to the table-bodied regardless.”

Now, it can be up to Lyft, Uber and the city of Austin to figure out a solution which works for all parties. In the meantime, both services can stay shut down in the city until additional notice.

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