California fines Uber $7.6 million for failing to report driver data

Another day, another problem for Uber. Today they were fined 7.6 million dollars by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for failing to provide proper data on its drivers in 2014.

Uber can pay the fine or get suspended, obviously, Uber picked paying the fine. A 7.6 million dollar fine may seem like a lot, but to Uber that’s the equivalent of you paying a $10 fine. However, they also plan on appealing the ruling.

“While we are disappointed by the decision, we look forward to making our case to the California Court of Appeals. In the meantime, we will pay the fine and continue to work in good faith with the Commission.”

These charges were first suggested by a judge back in July 2015. He was the first one to recommend a fine of around $7 million because Uber didn’t provide all the necessary driver data under California’s new ride-hailing laws.

The CPUC says Uber should be treated the same as Taxis and must provide all the necessary data to determine whether or not Uber is serving all manner of passengers in any neighborhood. Lyft is another ride sharing platform, and they had no problem providing any details the CPUC needed.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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