Ride-Sharing Companies Still Unregulated in Oklahoma City

Monday, June 9th 2014, 7:31 pm
By: Karl Torp

A fast growing company connecting drivers with riders has a new set of rules to follow, but not in Oklahoma City.

Colorado has become the first state to pass legislation to regulate ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft.

"In our eyes they are technically illegal," says Captain Dexter Nelson with OKC Police.

That's been the line from OKC police since Uber came to town 8 months ago.

However, enforcement of Internet based ride sharing companies has been suspended until OKC can figure out the best policy.

"There are a lot of people that are coming to the table in this particular matter," says Captain Nelson.

That includes limo and cab companies angry that ride shares don't follow the same regulations they do.

Captain Nelson tells News 9, OKC officials have asked Uber for certain documents, like insurance and background check information, but did not receive anything from Uber.

Meanwhile, Uber drivers say they've been busy.

"It's been great so far," says Spencer Hunt.

Hunt started driving for Uber two weeks ago and says on a weekend night he'll make up to $200.

OKC Police say Lyft, another ride share company, has been in the Metro for about a month and Sidecar is expected soon.