Meeting to discuss changes to ride-sharing

Ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft have operated in Austin for months and while they've become very successful they could also soon become more expensive.

The Austin Transportation Department is proposing charging Uber and Lyft a rider tax of a dollar a ride. Today's meeting is set for 3 p.m.

The public is invited to speak on the issue. A lot of people prefer ride-sharing services saying it's affordable and easier but taxi companies say they're losing business and it's unfair because different rules apply to them for providing the same services.

In addition to the dollar tax, the City is considering requiring all ride-sharing driver to pass a state background check and have Texas auto insurance. The Taxi Driver Association in Austin says it agrees with all three of those ideas.



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