An Uber driver who was ticketed by a Miami-Dade Police officer for not being able to speak English correctly claims she feels “discriminated against.”
NBC6 in Miami reported that Uber driver Carmen Echevarria received a $250 ticket outside the Miami International Airport, and it wasn’t because of her driving skills.
“I felt discriminated against,” Echevarria told the station. “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 need it to speak English”.
Miami-Dade County had isssued a memorandum in May 2016 which required that all transportation network drivers be able to communicate in the English language.
Karla Damian, of Miami-Dade Transportation Dept., clarified the rule, “The Code doesn’t require the driver to be ‘proficient’ in the English language, but the driver should have some knowledge of the English language in order to communicate with a passenger in case of an emergency or to receive and understand basic directions from the passenger(s).”
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