Clip: Council must drop mandates, adopt incentives for Lyft and Uber rules


Mark Nathan delivers petitions to city clerk’s office on Jan. 17.

In the standoff between the city of Austin and ride-hailing companies Lyft and Uber, the momentum clearly has shifted to those companies because of the City Council’s refusal to compromise — but also because Lyft and Uber so far are winning the messaging war.

They have persuaded much of the public — including those who hail rides by smartphones and those who drive for the companies (but please don’t call them employees) — that the City Council is engaged in regulating them out of business. (Full story Austin-American Statesman)