On May 17, Texas legislature approved HB 100, a bill that eliminates local ordinances for transportation network companies (TNCs).
The bill will set up statewide regulations for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft. This legislation will help Lyft to re-enter Houston and for both Uber and Lyft to re-enter Austin, Corpus Christi, and Galveston.
Last year in Austin, a proposition passed that required all Uber and Lyft drivers to require fingerprinting. Following this proposition, both Uber and Lyft left the city of Austin.
“I voted for HB 100; however, I feel the solution provided within it represents a missed opportunity for this legislature,” said Sen. Konni Burton. “TNCs are a prime example of an emerging technology that struggles to flourish due to the heavy hand of government. While the regulatory framework in HB 100 is better than the current patchwork of local ordinances — many of which are more restrictive — we are still imposing fees and mandating standards that are best left to businesses. As new emerging technologies arise, I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to provide free market solutions that empower consumers to make decisions they determine are in their best interest without the interference of government.”
The bill was signed in the Texas Senate and House on May 18. It has now been sent onto Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.