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Our City, Our Safety,
Public safety is more important than corporate profits.
Austin wants Uber and Lyft to follow the same safety rules for fingerprint background checks as taxi and limo drivers. Uber refuses, even though it has agreed to that rule in cities like Houston.
Uber has placed its own Proposition One on the ballot for May 7. This corporate initiative would do away with fingerprint background checks and vehicle safety requirements and would force the city to let Uber do as it pleases.
Uber has told the public that the Austin City Council wants to drive Uber out of Austin. News media say that’s not true. They city just wants to protect public safety with basic rules that no one else has a problem following.
If Uber succeeds with Prop. One, then other corporations may seek to overturn city rules on safe housing construction, worker safety, building limits in flood plains, clean water standards, neighborhood zoning, and a host of other public safety protections.
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