Gov. Abbott Signs Law Governing Uber, Lyft and Other Ride Hailing Companies in Texas

Governor Greg Abbott on Monday signed House Bill 100 which provides statewide regulation of popular ride-hailing companies.

And Lyft and Uber both began providing rides in Austin once again.

The law is effective immediately. It overrides local laws passed by cities like Austin to govern ride hailing companies.

“Texas has longtime been the home for innovation and economic growth, but a patchwork quilt of compliance complexities are forcing businesses out of the Lone Star State,” Gov. Abbott said in a news release. “My goal as Governor is to remove the barriers of government to encourage competition, and empower consumers to choose. This bill increases economic liberty while still ensuring customer safety, and I thank Representative Chris Paddie for his work on this legislation.”

The new law requires drivers to undergo an annual criminal background check, provide information to the consumer before each ride, provide electronic receipts to passengers and a zero-tolerance intoxication standard for drivers will be strictly enforced.

Lyft did a blog post on its return to Austin and is offering discounts at select local restaurants to its riders.

“Today’s bill signing creates a ridesharing network in Texas that benefits consumers, expands transportation options, maximizes access to safe, affordable rides and creates expanded earning opportunities for Texans,” said Chelsea Harrison, Lyft’s Senior Policy Communications Manager. “Riders and drivers are the real winners today. We want to thank Governor Abbott and the Legislature for their leadership on this important issue.”

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