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The SHITS should be running scared. The IATR is the most powerful transportation industry body.

In Austin, the Austin Transportation Department (“ATD”), along with the City Council, has been addressing the threat that rogue ridesharing apps are having on the riding public by proposing amendments to its regulations, including revised definitions of “chauffeur” and “compensation”. The ATD directed the City Manager to explore ridesharing regulations in peer cities and to make recommendations by June 1, 2013, and Austin regulator Mr. Carlton Thomas briefed the Commission on May 14, 2013 on the proposed amendments to the City Code and Charter Services Ordinance, which would outlaw the operations of rogue “ridesharing” app companies. Rideshare apps have received several citations over the past year for operating in Austin without a permit. In a memorandum from the ATD to the Mayor and City Council dated May 31, 2013 (“Memo to the Mayor), the ATD recounts at least three ins...

Full article: http://iatr.org/PresidentUpdate-June2013.html

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