Uber And Lyft Back Up Threats To Stop Services In Austin, Texas
The companies had said they'd stop services in the city if Proposition 1 failed. It was rejected by 56 percent of voters on Saturday.By Ryan Biek | May 8, 2016
Uber and Lyft are calling off rides in Austin, Texas, after votes for a proposed law didn't go their way.
Proposition 1 would've prevented two things the ride-sharing companies were desperately trying to avoid: mandatory background checks, including fingerprinting drivers, and a ban on picking up passengers in traffic lanes.
The two companies spent almost $9 million in political contributions leading up to the vote — more than 60 times what those against the proposition raised.