The Dallas City Council has passed an ordinance allowing and regulating mobile fueling within the city. Same-day fuel delivery service Booster has announced the move will allow it and other such businesses to help during COVID-19.
The ordinance amends the Dallas Fire Code by adopting a provision to regulate the mobile fueling on-demand (MFOD) industry, establishing a process for mobile fueling in the city, Booster said. It’s a first step toward achieving a regulatory environment that enables mobile fueling while upholding rigorous International Fire Code (IFC) safety requirements.
Booster said demand for mobile fueling has risen nationwide as consumers and businesses observe shelter-in-place guidelines. Considered essential, Booster can deliver fuel to commercial vehicles and critical workers that are helping to keep the infrastructure up and running during these unprecedented times.
Described as a clean, contactless gas station on wheels, Booster is able to provide its service at a time of increased need that’s related to the COVID-19 response.
“I’m pleased the Dallas City Council has passed this important ordinance, helping to innovate on-demand mobile fuel delivery across the city,” CEO Frank said in a statement. “As an essential service during this public health crisis, the ordinance comes in time for Booster to support the increased demand from businesses such as first responders, logistics and courier services, food distribution and nonprofits rushing to meet the community’s needs.”
Booster was co-founded in December 2014 by Mycroft, Diego Netto, and Tyler Raugh at AllianceTexas in Fort Worth. It was launched with help from Ross Perot Jr. and the venture capital firm Perot Jain remains one of its major investors.
Early last summer, Booster raised $56 million in Series C funding, bringing its total funding to $88.5 million.
Booster is now headquartered in San Mateo, California and operates in North Texas and California. The startup brings the gas station directly to its thousands of customers—at home or at work.
Washington State passes mobile fueling law
Last week, the state of Washington enacted a law enabling operations for the MFOD industry. The Dallas ordinance comes close on its heels.
“Because of our technology and flexible supply chain, Booster can respond to the immediate and changing needs of business, be quick to help communities and support their infrastructure at challenging times,” Joe Okpaku, Booster’s chief policy officer said. “Mobile fuel on-demand is clean and can be better for the earth and better for the community.”
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