Uber will launch in Victoria and Corpus Christi on Thursday.
The rideshare service operates by way of a smartphone app, which connects drivers and shoppers.
“Uber’s ability to expand across the state and provide new economic opportunities for more Texans was made possible by consistent statewide regulations and support from Texas House Transportation Chair Geanie Morrison,” stated David Brightman, Uber basic supervisor of Corpus Christi. “We look forward to enabling access to safe, reliable rides at the push of a button in Victoria.”
Lyft, an identical rideshare service, started working in Victoria March 23 and drivers have been on the street since.
Victoria City Council handed an ordinance permitting Lyft to function in Victoria, however it was by no means put in place as a result of it was voided by a state invoice, stated O.C. Garza, metropolis spokesman. House Bill 100 units statewide laws for paid rideshare providers that join registered drivers and riders by smartphone. The invoice was signed into regulation by Gov. Greg Abbott on Memorial Day. It went into impact instantly.
“The city is welcoming Uber,” Garza stated. “Ridesharing services are very popular in big cities. We wish them the best, and hopefully it will be just as successful in a smaller to mid-sized community like Victoria.”
Rep. Geanie Morrison was a joint writer on the House Bill 100, which was authored by Rep. Chris Paddie.
“It’s a great service that’s coming to our community,” she stated.
Morrison supported the invoice as a result of Texas cities every had their very own laws relating to these rideshare providers, she stated. Now drivers and shoppers will know the laws, which can be statewide.
“This way every community doesn’t’ have to have their own rules and regulations,” she stated. “The ridesharing companies know what the regulations are going to be so it’s easier for everyone to come to an agreement when they come to the community.”
The invoice additionally provides shoppers extra choices for transportation, Morrison stated.
Uber and Lyft will probably be good for the native financial system, giving residents extra choices of income, Morrison stated.
“It’s going to be a positive thing for Victoria and the surrounding area,” she stated.