A growing number of local Austin restaurants have recently begun hosting ride-sharing petition sign up events as a reaction against new regulations enacted by the Austin City Council. The hope is that with enough signatures (20,000), there will be a re-vote on the issue that will force the city council to return to original regulations.
As one local Austin restaurant owner claims, ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft serve to fill the gap in service left by the lessening number of taxis in the city. "I see it as the most positive thing that's touched my industry in years," said bar owner Bob Woody.
Woody further explained that there just aren't enough taxi cabs to fill the high-demand caused by restaurants and bars on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and that these companies allow for patrons to avoid driving intoxicated. Read More