An inhospitable regulatory regime has chased Uber and Lyft out of Austin. Regulations imposed by the city council include “fingerprinting requirement for drivers, ‘trade dress’ for all rideshare vehicles, prohibitions on where drivers can pick up and drop off passengers, and a voluminous and invasive data reporting scheme.”

As the big regulators bragged at a local beer garden, others experienced a different feeling: “thousands of local drivers dependent on flexible schedules knew they would soon be out of work. It dawned on residents and visitors alike that their transportation options in Austin were about to be curtailed.”

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