Uber driver cited $250 in Miami for not speaking English

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"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", she added.

A cellphone video obtained by Telemundo 51 shows an officer issuing a $250 ticket for violation of a Miami-Dade County rule, approved in May 2016, requiring for-hire drivers to "be able to communicate in the English language". "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".

It is not immediately clear whether Uber will pay for Echevarria's fine or whether she will continue to be affiliated with Uber.

Echevarria said the whole thing began when an airport worker asked her to move her vehicle after she'd dropped off some passengers.

Echevarria recorded the exchange on her cell phone as she was being fined.

The English language requirement for drivers in Miami is not now listed on Uber's website.

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"She said, 'I don't know what you're doing working for Uber if you don't speak English.' I did understand that part of the conversation" said Echevarria. Two out of three people in Miami-Dade County speak Spanish at home, according to census estimates.

The county says as of July 1st the county's code will go away when new statewide rules supersede it. "The county can work with this driver and with Uber to address this situation", said the spokesman. Some are proud of the Hispanic and Latin American population whereas others complain that English has become a "second language".

"I'm not going to court".

"I felt discriminated against". "What happened was that black woman - I didn't fall in her good graces".

When asked about the incident and the driver, Uber issued a statement.

He added that all official paperwork given to driver partners for Uber is in English and that some fines for drivers have been paid out by the company in the past. Although Hernandez didn't say Hechavarria's fine will be forgiven, he said the mayor's office and the public transportation department have the power to waive citations.

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