MIAMI — In a move that many may welcome, a South Florida Uber driver was fined for violating a county ordinance that requires transportation network drivers to speak English.
That’s right, you can habla espanol but you have to be able to speak English if you’re an Uber driver in Miami-Dade County..
Telemundo 51 issued a report earlier today that Uber driver Carmen Echevarria was given a $250 ticket from a Miami-Dade Police officer because she couldn’t answer questions posed to her in English, which violates a county ordinance that states network entity drivers — like those working for Uber — must “be able to communicate in the English language.”
“I felt discriminated against,” Echevarria told Telemundo. “I asked the (passenger sitting in her car) ‘Can you please help translate what she is saying?’ Then she asked why, if I was an Uber driver, I didn’t speak English.”
“I told her ‘so sorry, a little English,’ then she called the inspector who also confronted me and told me in order to be an Uber driver I needed to speak English,” Echevarria said.
This local ordinance will only be on the books for a few more weeks, since Gov. Rick Scott signed into law CS/HB 221, which overrides local laws about ride-sharing.
Uber spokesman Javi Correoso told NBC Miami that the Miami-Dade ordinance is “vague and difficult to enforce.” Uber doesn’t make mention of it on their website for Miami-Dade based drivers because applicants are asked to follow all local laws and regulations when they sign up.
Looks like that’s not quite enough.
Correoso said that Uber sometimes pays fines that have been issued to its drivers. He didn’t say whether or not it would pay for Echevarria’s violation.