YOU’D THINK THE CITY WOULD MIND, BUT YOU’D BE WRONG: After banning Uber and Lyft, DUI arrests skyrocket. “In the first three week after Uber and Lyft left Austin, DWI arrests were up 7.5 percent over the same time last year. City police made 359 DWI arrests from May 9, 2016 (the day Uber and Lyft shut down) to May 31, 2016. During that same period in 2015, Austin police made 334 DWI arrests.”
The thing is, these arrests generate revenue for the city. And, of course, traditional taxi services generate graft. So for politicians, it’s a no-brainer. If the public is worse off, tough.