The Oklahoma Courier Application Services Act was signed by the governor on Monday, ensuring individuals involved in local delivery services will not be regulated like the trucking industry by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission Authority.
Senate Bill 999, authored by Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair, would provide an exemption from regulations designed for for-hire motor carriers. These will no longer apply to light property carriers that utilize digital platforms for local deliveries like Uber Eats, Grub Hub, Door Dash and Amazon Flex.
Under the measure, vehicles at or under 8,000 pounds and with a maximum of two axles will qualify as light property carrier vehicles. Qualifying companies participating in local delivery will be required to have a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy for drivers and those drivers must provide a valid drivers license; proof of vehicle registration; and minimum age requirements.
“Delivery services like Uber Eats, Door Dash, Grub Hub and even Amazon Flex have exploded in popularity over the past year, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Bergstrom said. “This measure ensures these delivery companies can safely operate in our state without over-regulation, but with consumer protections as well. It’s a win-win for Oklahomans and these companies who provide an in-demand service in the digital age. This ensures that Oklahomans will have these types of opportunities to supplement their income.”
Rep. Avery Frix, R-Muskogee, served as the House author for the measure.
“There are ever-expanding options for delivery of products from food to gifts and household items – and really everything in between,” Frix said. “This law just helps us put some regulation around the growth of courier services. I’m thankful to see it signed into law.”
The measure will go into effect on Nov. 1.