Uber drivers permitted to refuse passengers attending 'Unite the Right' rally in DC: report

Uber is allowing its drivers to refuse passengers attending the upcoming "Unite the Right" white supremacist rally in Washington, D.C., on Sunday.

The driving company told Washingtonian magazine that its drivers are permitted to refuse service for rally attendees based on their feelings of comfort and safety under the app’s community guidelines.


Under the terms of the policy, which drivers and passengers agree to when utilizing the app, both parties “are expected to exercise good judgment and behave decently towards other people in the car when riding with Uber."

The company told the magazine that if a passenger’s actions are deemed discriminatory by a driver — which also includes the passenger’s ideology, signage and any statements made by the passenger that are in connection with racial supremacy — the driver is allowed to terminate the trip.

The company added that the rider could be banned from using the app entirely in certain circumstances.

The company also noted, however, that the policy is one the company implements on a daily basis.

The Aug. 12 rally in Washington is being held to mark the one-year anniversary of the initial Unite the Right protest in Charlottesville, Va. That rally turned violent, leading to the death of a 32-year-old counterprotester.