How Austin Killed Ridesharing
Skylar Buffington

Skylar — I appreciate the time and energy put into this post. You addressed many points and took the time to go through the law.

It amazes me that ‘any’ regulation is considered the end of TNC’s.

The notion that any regulation no matter how small or large, no matter how beneficial or inconsequential is grounds for Uber and Lyft to pick up and leave town is ludicrous!

Of course simple sensible regulation is warranted, especially for public safety. Did the council get it right this time? Maybe, and maybe some adjustment is needed particularly to the definitions and other general terms that could have far reaching impact down the road.

The threat Uber and Lyft make about leaving town is a threat they make for EVERY regulation. Doesn’t matter how sensible or useful the regulation. Those companies are simply fighting tooth and nail to not be subject to any kind of oversight.

The more they push and threaten small changes such as this the harder it is to push through larger changes. And perhaps rightly so. Broader regulation is largely unwarranted. But to insist that a small change would result in these companies leaving town is simply ridiculous.

They have more to lose than we do.

Guess what happens every time a regulation is put in place anywhere in the world. The regulation now becomes a defacto precedent (not legally but certainly as a reference point) for other areas around the world to enact similar legislation.

Of course these provisions would be opposed. There’s a ripple effect world-wide, potentially.

But come on. Be sensible. Some regulation is definitely warranted. Just because you disrupt an industry does not mean you’re above the law.

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