Austin wants Uber and Lyft drivers 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 written it’s own law, Proposition One, and put it on the ballot for May 7. Proposition One does away with fingerprint background checks and vehicle safety requirements and would let Uber rewrite city safety rules.
Uber has told the public that the Austin City Council wants to drive Uber out of Austin. News media report Uber isn’t telling the truth.
The city simply wants to protect public safety with basic rules that other companies already follow.
If Proposition One passes, it will set a dangerous precedent for developers and corporate interests to rewrite city law and weaken neighborhood zoning, building codes, worker safety, environmental and clean water standards, and many other public protections.
Should corporations have the power to dictate the law?
On the surface, that question seems plainly ridiculous. Of course we’d never allow big businesses to set the laws in our city. But by bringing Proposition One to the table, Uber is arguing that they shouldn’t have to play by the same rules as everyone else – an argument that many other corporations would love to emulate.
Make no mistake: If Proposition One passes, it will set a dangerous precedent that allows big businesses and corporations to dictate what’s best for the community.
With something so basic as voluntary fingerprinting under fire, if Uber gets their way it’s possible that we as Austinites will see our legal protections erode on everything from environmental responsibilities to worker safety and even clean water standards.
Uber Wants to Disregard Basic Safety Concerns
To be clear, Austin isn’t asking any more of Uber than it has already agreed to in other places. In cities like Houston, fingerprint background checks and vehicle safety requirements are already on the books. And Uber still operates with no change in service or availability.
This is not an undue burden; it’s basic safety.
If you listen to Uber’s campaigning, they’d have you believe that Austin is trying to do away with rideshare services entirely. They want to reframe the argument as big city law trampling the startup industry, but let’s be clear –
As a company that has a whopping $62.5 billion valuation (and is looking to raise $2.1 billion in new funding in the next year), Uber is NOT a scrappy startup.
They are a corporation masquerading as the underdog while looking for every possible loophole imaginable, up to and including revising laws they don’t like and don’t want to have to follow.
The real underdog in this battle isn’t Uber. It’s you.
Your safety, your peace of mind, and your ability to trust the drivers that carry you and your loved ones throughout our city are what’s on the line with Proposition One.
And if enough of us come together, we can fight this and make Uber understand that they aren’t too big to play by the same rules as everyone else. That’s why we’re asking for your help. With your donations and support, we can spread the word about the true dangers of Proposition One and make sure that the voices of the people are actually heard.
Don’t let Uber shortchange Austin. Don’t let Big Business dictate our laws and protections.
Ways You Can Help
- Spread the Word! We need more people telling the truth about Uber, Prop One and what’s at risk. Like our page and share our messages!
- Donate! We can’t take the fight to Uber without your support. Your donation of $5, $10, $25 or more means we’ll be able to raise awareness and build a strong opposition to Uber’s strong-arm tactics.
- Sign Our Petition! Make your voice heard and let Uber know that you stand for Austin. Click here to sign the petition.
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