The Austin Neighborhoods Council has weighed in on the Uber- and Lyft-backed Proposition 1 that goes before Austin voters on May 7. The neighborhood group is urging Austinites to vote “no” on the proposed ordinance.
The ballot can be confusing. But in simple terms voters are being asked to replace the city’s current ordinance that requires Uber and Lyft drivers to undergo fingerprint-based background checks with an ordinance (Proposition 1) written by the ride-sharing companies.
Among other things, the Uber and Lyft Prop 1 would eliminate fingerprint checks, drop requirements for so-called trade dress (emblems, such as Lyft’s pink mustaches that identify its vehicles/drivers) and repeal requirements that stop Lyft and Uber drivers from loading and unloading passengers in travel lanes. The ordinance also would allow Uber and Lyft to set fees they pay to the city.
As I’ve mentioned, the larger issues is whether it is the ride-hailing companies or the city that gets to write the rules of engagement for how corporations operate in the city. A vote for Proposition 1, or yes-vote, hands that authority to Uber and Lyft.
Below is the content of the resolution passed by the Austin Neighborhoods Association:
RESOLUTION ON PROPOSITION 1 REGARDING TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANIES
WHEREAS, the Austin City Council was duly elected through a democratic process by
voters in Austin, and,
WHEREAS, the City Council enacted reasonable public safety and other regulations for
transportation companies operating in the City, and,
WHEREAS, corporate power and money is being utilized in an attempt to repeal public
safety regulations that were enacted by the City Council through a fair and transparent
public stakeholder process, and,
WHEREAS, public safety is a high priority for families that live in Austin
WHEREAS, corporations should not dictate local regulations in Austin, NOW;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Austin Neighborhoods Council (ANC) Executive
Committee hereby urges voters in Austin to vote against Proposition 1 on May 7, 2016.
Presented to the ANC Executive Committee: April 13, 2016
Approved and Adopted: April 13, 2016