“Passenger for hire” is a passenger who pays for transportation to get from one location to the other. This means your taxicab, limousine, party-bus, ride-share (Uber and Lyft), or horse-carriage drivers now must have a blood alcohol content level less than half the current legal limit (.08) when they have a passenger in their vehicles.
Violators of this provision suffer the same criminal penalties as other California drivers who violate California’s DUI laws, including $390 – $1,000.00 fine, license suspension, and up to six (6) months of county jail time for first offenders.
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A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.