Critics are predictably labeling Uber and Lyft pulling out of Austin as a defeat of progress at the hands of meddlesome government.

But if fingerprinting is a good idea for cabbies, it should be mandatory for rideshare drivers too. They’re just another variety of cabbies.

I don’t use Uber often, but I love it when I do. However, lately I’ve become concerned about what kind of legal liability and physical danger I might be exposing myself to when I use ridesharing.

Similarly for Airbnb – I’ve only used that service once, and it was fantastic, but I’m concerned how the safety and legal liability compares with a regular hotel.

I’m on my way to Austin now, so this is on my mind.

How Austin Beat Uber – Richard Parker, The New York Times