HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Walking isn't always feasible in a city as spread out as Houston— especially for tourists who rely on services like Uber.
“I've used it a couple of times to go to dinner and from the airport," says Portland native Edmond Zerinque.
Uber and the city have been locked in a battle over regulation. This morning the mayor announced the company and the city had struck a deal.
The company reluctantly agreed to have drivers be fingerprinted and undergo a background check. They won't require drivers to undergo physicals, carry fire extinguishers or undergo drug screenings unless there is a reason. The mayor says they struck the deal without outside help.
“I'm happy that we have a deal that we reached locally. Not nationally. Not statewide but locally is always best.” said Sylvester Turner.
But outside intervention could be on the way. A bill before the legislature right now would regulate ride hailing services on a state level while continuing to allow local regulation of taxis and limos.
The city also announced a new taxi hailing app called Arro. Eventually it will expand to include handicapped accessible vans, metro vehicles and limos.
But the big take away for the consumers now is Uber will stay for the Super Bowl
“It's definitely great to have options. It's nice. it's convenient. Once you get used to having a service it's hard not to have it.” said Zeringue