Rideshare DUI Regulation and More

Rideshare has seen a lot of negative feedback, since it has been trending. But, what many do not realize is that Uber and Lyft have no tolerance for drivers with DUI records.

That’s right, both companies will not hire anyone who has been convicted of a DUI. Now, the state of California is cracking down on rideshare drivers who have been driving under the influence, too.

Effective July 1st, among two other driving related laws that could affect church vans, buses, but most of all rideshare drivers. The state of California is lowering their DUI threshold to a BAC of 0.04% instead of 0.08% being the legal limit for rideshare drivers. Rideshare drivers used to be treated as normal drivers when it came to DUI charges, but they are now being recognized as commercial drivers which makes more sense since they are being hired to drive passengers.

The legal limit for commercial drivers was already 0.04%. If charged with a DUI, drivers face consequences such as a suspended license or a revoked commercial license. Now, in addition, drivers will not be welcomed back to rideshare services and probably suffer a loss of rideshare insurance.

Advocates just recommend to ditch the concern about percentages and just do not consume any alcohol before operating a vehicle, especially if passengers are paying you to get them safely from one location to the next. However, Uber did introduce a panic button for passengers, so if you are suspicious of a driver’s behavior, that feature may be of use to you as a passenger.

The second law is for church vans or employee shuttles. So, transportation that is considered private or not-for-hire. The DMV and California Highway Patrol are teaming up to enforce this new law. The DMV’s job is to issue certificates to these vehicles that is valid within the state and check to be sure the vehicles have proper liability insurance. The California Highway Patrol is in charge of being sure that these types of vehicles have followed the certification steps.

The final law affects buses. The state of California now states, in writing, that bus passengers aged 8 to 15 are required to wear a seat belt while riding on a bus. The seat belt must be an approved device, up to all safety standards and regulations. Failure to abide by this new law can result in a fine.

Laws are in place to help keep us safe, for the most part, so it is great that California is trying to increase safety on the roads and especially cracking down on drinking and driving. Again, avoid alcohol at all costs if you know you will be driving. It is even more important that you do not drink while one duty for rideshare services, as passengers are trusting you with their lives. Not to mention, they may have been drinking, too and they are seeking out a safe alternative to driving themselves. Do your part and help us keep rideshare services safe for passengers and safe for other drivers on the roads.