Uber and Lyft drivers allowed to drink alcoholic beverages but less under new law.

Ride share drivers like Uber and Lyft were allowed by California law to drive with the same amount of alcohol in their bloodstreams as non-commercial drivers, i.e., 0.08 percent.  Under a new law that went into effect on July 1, 2018, that bloodstream tolerance limit has been reduced to 0.04%.

Assembly Bill 2687 was passed and signed into law by Governor Brown in 2016 but contained a delayed implementation date.  The new limit is what has already been applicable to commercial shuttle drivers.  If a ride share driver is convicted of driving with a greater blood alcohol content, he or she will be disqualified from commercial driving under the new law.

The law came on the heels of a California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) report that found that Uber only took action, and slowly at that, on a small percentage of 2,047 customer complaints about possible impairment of its drivers.  Uber has reportedly improved its complaint and investigation process, and instituted a “zero tolerance policy for impaired driving.”

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