Big deadline sparks controversy for Uber drivers in Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- This week marks a controversial deadline that could impact hundreds of metro drivers.

Starting Thursday, ride sharing services like Uber will have stricter regulations than ever before.

Drivers for Uber will have to submit an application with the city to be considered a legal driver.

Some Uber drivers argue the changes are cumbersome and expensive, and could force many Uber drivers out of the business.

Last year, the city council passed an ordinance putting Uber drivers and taxi cab drivers on the same playing field.

"It's not that hard to be permitted as a driver," said Oklahoma City Police Lt. Leroy Dancy.

Police say their goal is simply public safety.

"We want to ensure drivers are safe, that they're not sex offenders or have a violent history," said Dancy.

Still, because a state law is in the works that if it passes would override the city ordinance, Uber driver David Glover says Uber has not gone out of its way to inform its drivers of this week's deadline.

In fact, the company itself refused to sign off on the final paperwork David needs to stay legal.

"I'd say less than five percent know they need to get a permit because Uber hasn't put the word out about what to do," said Glover.

If Uber drivers are caught and not in compliance, they could face a ticket of over $700.

Taxi drivers are thrilled by the changes.

 

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