AUSTIN (KXAN) — While this Austin City Limits Music Festival weekend will be a big business boom, some companies will still be operating illegally within the city limits.
On Thursday afternoon, the Austin City Council decided to not legalize transportation network companies (TNC’s), e.g. Uber and Lyft, in time for ACL. While the Council did approve the item on the second reading, they still have to vote on a final reading at the next city council meeting on Oct. 16.
During Thursday’s session, city council members brought up parts of the ordinance that needed more clarification. Some lawmakers wanted more clarification on what kind of insurance drivers are obligated to have as well as how often TNC’s will be required to report their service logs.
Council member Laura Morrison wanted the ordinance to specifically include language that would allow the City (or a third party) to audit criminal background checks.
Earlier this week, KXAN News reported that regardless of the decision by the Council, Uber and Lyft were planning to operate anyway.