Florida Uber driver fined for not speaking English

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Uber has previously said it'll cover any fines that its drivers may face under the language-requirement rules. Photo credit: Getty / file

An Uber driver in Florida has been fined US$250 for not being able to speak English on Sunday (local time).

Carmen Echevarría, who speaks Spanish, had allegedly violated the city's ordinance requiring ride-hailing drivers speak English while outside the Miami International Airport.

She told Telemundo 51 she felt discriminated against.

"I told [the passenger], '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 [needed] to speak English," Ms Echevarría said.

But it's likely the fine will be waived, according to a spokesperson for Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez.

"It does seem like she could communicate in the English language and take directions so it's unfortunate that a fine was issued," his spokesperson told local media.

"The county can work with this driver and with Uber to address this situation."

Uber has previously said it'll cover any fines that its drivers may face under the language-requirement rules, local media reports.

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