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I have been driving Uber for last 2 weekends, Yes I'm a newbie. Are Austin Uber drivers carrying permits & commercial insurance. I'm reading online that City requires this. Input appreciated on this topic and any other helpful hints. Thanks.
 

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AustinGal, hello and welcome to the forum.
I've been driving in Austin for the past 6 months. There are currently no trade dress, licensing, or commercial insurance requirements that you need to be worried about.
The city council is voting tomorrow about implementation of fingerprint background checks, a $1 per ride surcharge to be paid to the city, licensing (more of a registration which is hand in hand with the background check ), and if I remember correctly, displaying trade dress, at least when entering the airport.
I have attached a couple of older threads from last month's transportation committee meeting and a general discussion. The proposed changes should be attached in there somewhere, too.

https://uberpeople.net/threads/austin-reopens-debate-over-rules-for-uber-lyft.34521/

https://uberpeople.net/threads/whats-going-on-at-city-hall-documents-and-video.34073/

Good luck, and be careful out there!
 
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