The first weekend in Austin without Uber and Lyft was not an easy one, but some apps and services trying to fill the void might not be legal.
One service, Arcade City, doesn't have a smart phone app, but has more than 14,000 users as of Monday afternoon. Those users access it through Facebook. The problem that comes from some services like this is that drivers are not required to sign up or go through any type of background check.
New apps like Wingz, Get Me and Fasten are hitting Austin as quick as they can. Anthony Nyguen still drives for Uber and Lyft, outside of Austin, but wanted to try Arcade City.
"There is no app," Nyguen said. "You just request on the Facebook site that you need a ride. People will respond and get to you."
Drivers respond to Nyguen's post within 20 seconds. He chooses a driver who says he's nearby and has posted his number. After 6 and a half minutes, the ride is arranged.
Nyguen waits 13 minutes and driver Chad Lundeen arrives.
The Austin Transportation Department released a statement about some of the new ridesharing services:
"If a company or individual is providing a ride for compensation and that compensation exceeds the federal reimbursement rate for privately-owned vehicles, those services are subject to regulation by City Code Chapter 13-2. Companies and individuals providing transportation service and charging more than the federal reimbursement rate without appropriate documentation are illegal in the City of Austin. We highly encourage users to look for services that fully vet their drivers and have mechanisms in place to ensure the safety of both the riders and the drivers. The City of Austin has and will continue to enforce this provision of the Code."
The city added people should not use those service because they do not have safety checks.
The Federal reimbursement rate for privately-owned vehicles is $.54 per mile. Go here for more information.