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Alcohol policy?

Trebor

Well-Known Member
Uber's policy states that riders can not have open containers of alcohol.

But whatcha going to do? Take a bad rating? I am very relaxed when it comes to this stuff. I know it feels good to save a few dollars. I did have one idiot spill his drink. He didn't tell me, (it was night) but I do a quick walk through of my car after every ride. If he would of apologized and tipped me, I could of been okay with it. (Fortunately this was on the floor, so I was able to shampoo it at a car wash in the hood, and keep rolling, for the night, but not before I took pictures and sent it to Uber for a cleaning fee. Easy $200. I was surprised the next morning that the quick shampoo/vacuum worked.

People still believe me when I say no one vomited in my car.
 

Fuzzyelvis

Well-Known Member
Uber's policy states that riders can not have open containers of alcohol.

But whatcha going to do? Take a bad rating? I am very relaxed when it comes to this stuff. I know it feels good to save a few dollars. I did have one idiot spill his drink. He didn't tell me, (it was night) but I do a quick walk through of my car after every ride. If he would of apologized and tipped me, I could of been okay with it. (Fortunately this was on the floor, so I was able to shampoo it at a car wash in the hood, and keep rolling, for the night, but not before I took pictures and sent it to Uber for a cleaning fee. Easy $200. I was surprised the next morning that the quick shampoo/vacuum worked.

People still believe me when I say no one vomited in my car.
I tell them to cancel and drive a half block down. If they don't 5 mins after arrival I cancel them. Cancel fee no rating.
 

Bukrub

Well-Known Member
If you get pulled over and there is an open container you will get a ticket. It is also an arrestable offense if the officer feels so inclined. It is the drivers responsibility to make sure this doesn't happen. Most of the time I'm not concerned with getting pulled over, but you never know when a cop will see that person enter your car with said beverage.
 

I have nuts

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I think the bigger question is why YOU would allow drinking in your car.
I don't now but I use too. Last year during the rodeo i had a couple who wanted to stop at the liquor store before going to NRG. They dranked in the car on the way. Another time a let a woman drink wine in my car, which the idiot ended up spilling on my seats. Never again.
 

tripAces

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Well it seems we all are Lawyers. I saw in another article "open container law" is excluded from taxi's, buses, limos etc. Hell Yeah for Party Buses and full stocked Limo. Also I did read in the Austin DWI Lawyer web site.

But we are TNC's also. So I say we fit but didn't see a diffent term saying TNC are allowed.

Most people don't know the exception to the law. Most will comply to chug and go unless already drunk in that case I say leave them anyway.
 

Fuzzyelvis

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I don't now but I use too. Last year during the rodeo i had a couple who wanted to stop at the liquor store before going to NRG. They dranked in the car on the way. Another time a let a woman drink wine in my car, which the idiot ended up spilling on my seats. Never again.
My point. And most folks who even TRY to drink in the car are @@@@@@bag pax I don't want anyway.

If they walk up with a drink and I tell them they can't bring it ANY response that is not along the lines of "sorry, let me dump it real quick" or "Oh yeah, no problem" and I cancel.

Groups with drinks obviously already pretty drunk I don't even bother asking. At least one will argue.
 

I have nuts

Well-Known Member
Well it seems we all are Lawyers. I saw in another article "open container law" is excluded from taxi's, buses, limos etc. Hell Yeah for Party Buses and full stocked Limo. Also I did read in the Austin DWI Lawyer web site.

But we are TNC's also. So I say we fit but didn't see a diffent term saying TNC are allowed.

Most people don't know the exception to the law. Most will comply to chug and go unless already drunk in that case I say leave them anyway.
If a uber driver got a ticket for this, I would think the courts would have to throw it out, or update the laws since their was no such thing as uber or"ride sharing" when this laws were created.
 

I have nuts

Well-Known Member
In Houston, we aren't taxis. We haven't taken the taxi test and don't have taxi meter or taxi branding.
It doesn't matter read the law again.

(c) It is an exception to the application of Subsection (b) that at the time of the offense the defendant was a passenger in:

(1) the passenger area of a motor vehicle designed, maintained, or used primarily for the transportation of persons for compensation, including a bus, taxicab, or limousine; or

We use our vehicle for transportation of persons for compensation. It sounds like we fall within the exception of the open carry law. Maybe someboy who is a lawyer can weigh in.
 

Old Rocker

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If a uber driver got a ticket for this, I would think the courts would have to throw it out, or update the laws since their was no such thing as uber or"ride sharing" when this laws were created.
Well, I'm not a lawyer, but I think the driver would be held responsible, unless the pax held a gun to his head and demanded he drive. Just like if you get pulled over because your pax aren't wearing their seatbelts. It's the driver's ass.
 

Old Rocker

Well-Known Member
It doesn't matter read the law again.

(c) It is an exception to the application of Subsection (b) that at the time of the offense the defendant was a passenger in:

(1) the passenger area of a motor vehicle designed, maintained, or used primarily for the transportation of persons for compensation, including a bus, taxicab, or limousine; or

We use our vehicle for transportation of persons for compensation. It sounds like we fall within the exception of the open carry law. Maybe someboy who is a lawyer can weigh in.
Seems like a gray area since it says 'primarily.' I guess we won't know for sure until there is an actual court case involving the situation setting a precedent.
 

Bukrub

Well-Known Member
It's no grey area. We are not Taxi's. We are a private vehical utilizing an app to make a few extra bucks. But hey, who am I to tell you how to handle your business. :wink:
 
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