California Regulators Fine Uber $7.6 Million

by Bryan Goebel, KQED/California Report



California regulators slapped Uber with a $7.6 million fine Thursday, voting unanimously to affirm an administrative judge’s ruling that found the ride service company in contempt for failing to meet reporting requirements.

The decision by the California Public Utilities Commission said Uber’s license should be suspended after 30 days if the fine has not been paid. The company must also pay $1,000 for being in contempt of the public utilities code.

The detailed information that Uber failed to provide in 2014 had to do with driver safety, access for people with disabilities and how it was serving neighborhoods by zip code.  Regulators have said Uber defied the reporting requirements and that the zip code information the company initially submitted was “useless.”

An Uber spokeswoman said the company has now submitted all of the requested data and would appeal the ruling. She said the company disagrees with the how the fine was calculated.

The amount ordered today was $300,000 more than the original $7.3 million fine issued last July.  The judge said the fine was adjusted because Uber also failed to comply with reporting requirements last July and August.

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