Investigators from California’s Public Utilities Commission recommended a $1.13 million fine for Uber related to DUI complaints against their drivers.
According to investigators, clients lodged 2,074 impaired driving complaints against Uber drivers over a 1-year period. California requires ride-hailing companies to adopt a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy. PUC investigators say they found no evidence that Uber followed up on the complaints. They cited the company’s dismissal of just 28% of the identified drivers during that time. Investigators are asking the Commissioners to determine that Uber has no effective zero-tolerance policy, as the law requires.
Uber says its policy is to separate with drivers who accumulate three complaints about drunk driving, whether or not the company can validate the complaint. Investigators say the policy does not comply with the zero-tolerance requirement. Additionally, they say that they found evidence of drivers that had accumulated more than three complaints, but still worked for the company.
LA DUI Lawyer
A zero-tolerance policy underscores the seriousness of a drunk driving arrest. The state’s zero-tolerance requirement means that a driver facing a drunk driving arrest can lose not only his or her license, but also his or her job. That’s why you need an experienced DUI lawyer when you’re facing a DUI in LA.
Robert Helfend is an experienced criminal defense attorney who represents his clients aggressively. He helps his clients address both the criminal and administrative processes that accompany an impaired driving arrest. Being able to address the criminal and administrative processes successfully can make the difference between moving forward with your life following a drunk driving arrest, and losing everything you’ve worked for.
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