An Uber driver in South Florida was given a hefty ticket for violating a county ordinance that speaks less to how she handles her vehicle than other skills.

Cell phone footage obtained exclusively by our sister station Telemundo 51 captured Carmen Echevarria, getting a $250 ticket from a Miami-Dade Police officer outside Miami International Airport. Her violation? Not being able to speak English correctly.

“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.“

In May 2016, Miami-Dade County issued a memorandum with rules for transportation network drivers – with one of the requirements being “able to communicate in the English language.”

“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”.

  • RJ O’Guillory

    …it will be thrown out on 1st Amendment Grounds…..idiotic-fascists
    RJ O’Guillory

    • desertspeaks

      what law school did you attend? sears school of law, right down the hall from their driving academy?

      • RJ O’Guillory

        ….okay Perry Mason…why don’t you explain The Constitutionality of a municipal law that tells people what language they must speak in a private retail or business setting? Now..if Uber wants to require their drivers to speak English, that is simply part of the job description…but government has no role in defining or asserting any control over that private transaction. Just as SCOTUS ruled yesterday in The Slants Case, there is no constitutional basis for the government to deny, nor endorse speech. Oh, and BTW…I barely got out of high school, so I never went to law school. If you read my childhood memoir that is now being adapted to film, you would understand that I should have never been successful at anything…due to the manner in which we were raised. However, I did attend McDonald’s Hamburger University back in the early 80’s and that experience taught me everything I needed to know to be successful in life. I then went on to a 25 year civilian career with US DoD. I have lived & worked all over the world. I taught Communications, Management Development, Diversity, EEO Law…(while also serving as an EEO Investigator and Counselor)…and developed food & retail management for DoD all across their empire. In addition to winning a 20 year battle with DoD as a Federally Protected Whistle Blower, I was able…(without the aid of an attorney or law firm)…to force them into retiring me at the pay-grade equivalent of a Lt. Colonel. So I may not be a lawyer, but I am almost able to play one on TV! Ha! Well, I know enough to beat one of the largest bureaucracies in the world…and win. So I’m happy with that. Get back with me when you see that this idiocy has been tossed out. Ha! And next time, don’t be such an ass.
        RJ O’Guillory

        • J Peters

          Government regulates everything from the color of peoples’ houses to the font of their signs, and regulates those who are on the road commercially quite heavily. Requiring those who earn a living driving to have a basic grasp of the English language is justified on basic public safety grounds alone. I sure as fuck don’t want my uber driver taking me to mcdonalds when I tell them my wife’s water just broke and to take me to the newest hospital, and I’d like them to have a pretty good grasp of the words on the street signs as well. Just because some third world reject is the one inconvenienced to get off their ass and learn the language doesn’t earn the special exemptions or protections. The cult of multiculturalism has advanced too far already a constitutional amendment defining English as the official language might not be a bad idea. The last thing we want is to follow Europe’s path to extinction. Foreigners and immigrants can go away we are better off without them.

        • desertspeaks

          why don’t you explain The Constitutionality of a municipal law that tells people what language they must speak in a private retail or business setting???
          Did you really type that? oh pretty please show us those municipal laws! this should be fun!

          • RJ O’Guillory

            …you are beginning to sound as though you suffer from dementia, or were dropped on your head as a child? They cannot regulate speech…except in those instances involving threats or the “yelling fire in a crowded theater” analogy. You are an idiot. It will not stand. It is simply the corrupt government trying to protect their transportation monopolies and pay-offs from the industries impacted by Uber, etc.. Grow up.
            RJ O’Guillory

          • desertspeaks

            and this is you again, FAILING to explain the hypocrisy of your double standard beliefs! Congratulations on your lobotomy, it’s was a resounding success!

  • PJ London

    Ah bin lissnin ta yall on youtube, an Ima tellin ya, yall don talk English.
    Which is a pity as it is a very beautiful language.

  • desertspeaks

    I’ve seen American blacks that were born and raised in America that speak a language that is some bastardized form of English and they only understand each other!