Uber Officially Bans Drivers From Carrying Firearms, But Company’s Business Model Prevents Enforcement
Iwastheone shares a report from The Atlantic, written by Sidney Fussell: Uber has banned weapons in vehicles, for each drivers and passengers, since 2015. But over e mail and Facebook Messenger, 4 present and 4 former drivers advised me they carry firearms on the job. In explaining why, they every cited the identical self-determinalist rhetoric Uber has slapped on subway advertisements to entice drivers and utilized in hearings to justify the enterprise mannequin: Drivers keep good scores, personal their very own vehicles, set their very own hours, act as their very own bosses, and observe native legal guidelines. But in the end, they work for themselves, and Uber is, to make use of a Silicon Valley time period of artwork, only a platform.
In 2017, Jose Mejia, a Miami driver, filed a federal class-action swimsuit in opposition to Uber to reverse its firearm ban. Florida’s 2008 “bring your gun to work” regulation empowers staff to retailer authorized firearms in private lockers or their very own vehicles. With Uber, after all, the automobile is the office. Mejia claimed that Uber coverage violated Florida regulation and, citing an incident by which an Uber driver with a concealed-carry license shot and disarmed a Chicago gunman, argued that arming Uber drivers might save lives. But Mejia could not show that Uber violated his rights: He hadn’t been fired or threatened with suspension. The firm had introduced a ban, sure, however by no means materially stopped him from carrying a firearm. The Florida court docket dismissed the swimsuit (PDF) with out prejudice in 2018. Here now we have a uniquely American absurdity: Drivers can carry weapons to work, to a bar, to a grocery store, however not in their very own vehicles whereas utilizing the app to move passengers. Like Mejia, they exist on this house between identify and impact, adherent to a ban with little sensible enforcement.