A Lyft driver is questioning a company policy after he said a false DUI claim from a passenger cost him hundreds of dollars in lost wages.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 03: The Lyft app is seen on a passenger's phone on February 3, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Lyft)
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A Lyft driver is questioning a company policy after he said a false DUI claim from a passenger cost him hundreds of dollars in lost wages.
Brian said he and a passenger had an argument during a ride at Liberty Station in late June. He said when the passenger got out of the car, she made a false claim that he was drunk.
"She started screaming at traffic that I was drunk and psycho," Brian said.
The passenger never called the police, but she did call Lyft. A few days later, Brian said his account was cut off.
"They didn't talk to me or send me any texts or questions. Nothing," Brian told 10News.
In a statement to 10News, Lyft officials said the company's policy is to temporarily suspend driver's accounts whenever there's a DUI claim.
Brian said that means drivers are automatically guilty until proven innocent. He thinks vindictive passengers can unfairly cost a driver their job.
According to Brian, he was out of work for two weeks before Lyft wrapped up their investigation. He said he lost at least $600 during that time.
The company reinstated his account, but he's decided to drive for Uber now.
"My plan is to not drive for Lyft again," Brian said. "It's a matter of principle."