Unpermitted ground transportation services are possibly recruiting for drivers in Austin, so the City of Austin wants people to be aware of the rules and risks before unintentionally breaking the law and incurring legal costs.
In order to drive a ground transportation vehicle, a compensated driver must carry an operating permit, a chauffer’s permit and commercial insurance. Violating any one of these requirements could result in up to a $500 fine, totaling a possible $1,500 fine if all requirements are violated. Additionally, drivers who do not comply with the law risk having their vehicle impounded.
The Austin Transportation and Police Departments encourage South by Southwest festival goers to use permitted transportation services and to learn the law before registering as drivers for vehicle for hire services during SXSW.
To help residents and SXSW festival goers navigate downtown Austin, the city’s Austin Center for Events is hosting an interactive map March 7 - 16 that includes road closures, landmarks and transit stops. Travelers are encouraged to visit www.austintexas.gov/citystage to plan their routes through downtown Austin in advance.
Some available resources are available to help people in Austin get around during Spring Break and SXSW: