Since launching in San Antonio, Uber has provided hundreds of thousands of safe rides and thousands of well-paying jobs for veterans, students, and others looking to earn some extra money to pay back their student loans, supplement the income from their "day job" or support their family. Last December, the San Antonio City Council adopted the most burdensome regulations in the nation.
With the support of more than 13,000 San Antonians, hundreds of drivers, and dozens of community leaders, we urged the city to repeal these extreme regulations and adopt smart rules that protect riders without hindering innovation and job creation, like nearly two dozen other cities across the U.S. have already done.
Drivers and riders in San Antonio were hopeful when they learned Mayor Taylor would delay implementation of the redundant requirements and lead the charge to create modern regulations for ridesharing in San Antonio. However this hope was short-lived as the City Council's revised ordinance still includes many of the same duplicative and unworkable driver requirements. The anti-competitive provisions of the ordinance remain intact – many of them requiring drivers to spend time and money jumping through municipal hoops to achieve objectives already accomplished by the Uber platform.
The regulations adopted in December extend far beyond anything we've seen in the state. By the mayor's own admission, many of these requirements are not "feasible." Even with the proposed changes, this regulatory framework remains one of the most burdensome in the nation and stymies our ability to operate in San Antonio. This is why we asked the city to repeal the entire ordinance and replace it with smart regulations similar to those adopted by nearly two dozen other jurisdictions, including Austin. Without a full repeal, we will be forced to leave town.
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