Oklahoma City Creates Regulations For Ride-Sharing Industry To Improve Highway Safety

by Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys

Ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have been popping up in Oklahoma as an alternative to taxis and cab services, but some citizens are concerned about the safety of these ride sharing services. Furthermore, there is worry about a lack of clarification about who is liable in the event a ride sharing vehicle is involved in an Oklahoma car accident that results in injuries to customers, employees, or other motorists.

Oklahoma City officials have addressed these concerns by outlining a set of regulations each ride-sharing company must abide by in order to operate in the city. According to an article from OK News, these rules include:

  • Ride share companies must purchase an annual $302 city business license.
  • Drivers must have vehicles inspected annually and purchase a $30 permit.
  • Companies must carry commercial auto liability coverage and drivers must have a personal car insurance policy.
  • Companies and drivers cannot discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, ancestry, age, or disability.
  • Drivers must undergo a background check performed by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
  • Ride rates must be posted on the app.
  • Drivers must log specific information about each ride they give.

The Oklahoma City personal injury attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers understand the importance of keeping motorists safe on the road and are hopeful these regulations will be successful in doing so.