"Instead, the voters upheld stricter regulations that the city council passed in December: ride-sharing drivers are required to pass fingerprint-based background checks, clearly mark their cars with the ride-sharing company’s logo, and not pick up or drop off their passengers in certain lanes of the city’s streets.
"Uber and Lyft wanted those regulations to be repealed, and if Proposition 1, which went to the polls on Saturday, had passed, they would have had their way. Instead, despite combined spending of nearly $9m against opposition of just over $100,000, voters rejected the proposition 56–44."
Was surprised how much money they threw at opposing / lobbying against this - in just one city? - guess that shows how much future revenue they think is at stake; unsurprised that the two company's would spitback at this, but in awe at how hollow / bullshitty their responses were as they both flounced outta town:
Uber: "We hope the City Council will reconsider their ordinance so we can work together to make the streets of Austin a safer place for everyone.” - a safer place for everyone, sez a company that wants the right to operate an app-business that 'employs' people without -- awww, don't get me started; this rant could go on fer days....
Austin and Paris, France, got the right idea - kick these companies into touch.
Car-pool with pals.