Calif. judge fines Uber for not giving details on its business


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – A judge has fined Uber $7.3 million for refusing to give state regulators information about its business practices, including accident details and how accessible vehicles are to disabled riders.

An Administrative Law Judge has given Uber 30 days to pay the penalty and comply with reporting requirements or its operating license in California will be suspended.

Uber had argued that it provided sufficient information to the commission. The judge acknowledged that Uber provided some information but said it was not enough.

The CPUC says that the information is necessary to its oversight of the company on whether its services are non-discriminatory and equal access to all, and whether Uber’s services promote public safety.

In a written statement, Uber spokeswoman Trina Smith called the ruling and fine “deeply disappointing” and said the company would appeal.

“We will appeal the decision as Uber has already provided substantial amounts of data to the California Public Utilities Commission, information we have provided elsewhere with no complaints. Going further risks compromising the privacy of individual riders as well as driver-partners. These CPUC requests are also beyond the remit of the Commission and will not improve public safety.”

Uber has filed an appeal. Uber spokeswoman Eva Behrend told KRON 4 there will be no suspension while the appeal is being heard.

In a written statement, the utilities commission said Uber was the only company of its kind not to comply with the reporting requirements.

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