Uber Driver Fined $1K for Picking up Passenger on King Street

March 2, 2018, 11:37 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (ANGELA BROWN, WTAT-TV) — An Uber driver says he was on King Street in downtown Charleston picking up a passenger when he received a ticket. We learned on Thursday that he may not be the only Uber driver out of hundreds of dollars.

Jim Clarey walked into court hoping to get off easy. “Reduced to a warning I hope,” he laughed as he told us about his day in traffic court.

Clarey is between jobs and making extra cash riving Uber.

Back on Friday, February 23rd, he was picking up a passenger on King and Cannon Streets when a $12.00 fare turned into a $1,000 problem.

“I said how much is the ticket? He told me a thousand eighty four dollars. I was like what? I said could you not just give me a warning ticket? He said I’m ticketing everybody tonight.”

Clarey is from Myrtle Beach and didn’t know there was a Charleston City ordnance prohibiting ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft from picking up passengers on King Street between Spring and Calhoun.

And again in the Market area Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 a.m. until 3:00 a.m.

“I didn’t know. How can you charge me something that you have no signs for,” he questioned. “You can put up a sign for street sweeping once a month on numerous streets, but you can’t afford to put up a sign for ride sharing which I think is ridiculous.”

We didn’t see any signs either – but you can find the information on the city’s website. Uber posted instructions about it as well.

But Clarey says he never received an alert.

“I can’t afford two hundred, much less a thousand.”

Jim said after his hearing his ticket was reduced to $250. We are checking in with the city to find out just how many tickets have been written and how much money has been collected.

We are still waiting to hear back.