Key West, Florida: Police have recently announced their first Uber driver arrest after an anti-rideshare law was instated on July 1st.
On July 10th 2015, Uber driver Martin Maness – Age: 51 – Was placed under arrest while on the job; After he unknowingly picked up undercover police officers from Key West International Airport, And dropped them off at a local resort.
These undercover officers were enforcing the controversial new law in Key West that require any rideshare drivers to be licensed as a vehicle-for-hire driver.
Maness was charged with 2 misdemeanor’s, Fined $500, And may face up-to 60 days in jail. He apparently told police that he was aware of the law, But the money he made as a driver was worth the risk.
Now, Most people would say “alright well just get licensed and continue driving” – Unfortunately, It’s a bit more complicated than that. About 20yrs ago, Taxi companies convinced Key West city officials to set a cap on the number of active car-for-hire licenses. In result of that, There’s actually no way for Uber drivers to become licensed in the first place. There’s reportedly only 72 active licenses in the entire city.
We’ll be keeping an eye on the situation & updating this page, So check back soon!