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Uber, Lyft Shut Down in Austin Over Fingerprint Vote

Austin, Texas, voters decided over the weekend to continue having drivers for Uber and fellow...

Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. halted operations in Austin, Texas, on Monday after residents there rejected a multimillion-dollar effort by the companies to rewrite local rules around ride sharing.

Austin residents over the weekend voted against Proposition 1, a set of measures aimed at overturning regulations the city passed last December, including fingerprint-based background checks for drivers and a prohibition on picking up and dropping off customers while parked in traffic lanes.

Some voters in Austin expressed resentment that Uber and Lyft spent $8.6 million on an aggressive local marketing campaign to push through the proposition, which flooded the city with fliers and sent robocalls and text messages to...


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