Join us at TNW Conference 2022 for insights into the future of tech →

The heart of tech

This article was published on January 15, 2016

Uber takes $7.6 million hit to stop its service being suspended in California

Uber takes $7.6 million hit to stop its service being suspended in California
Kirsty Styles
Story by

Kirsty Styles

Reporter

Kirsty Styles is a journalist who lives in Hackney. She was previously editor at Tech City News and is now a reporter at The Next Web. She l Kirsty Styles is a journalist who lives in Hackney. She was previously editor at Tech City News and is now a reporter at The Next Web. She loves tech for good, cleantech, edtech, assistive tech, politech (?), diversity in tech.

You’d think after so much controversy around the legals of its taxi app, Uber would want to be on top of any admin tasks it has hanging over its head.

But Uber has just agreed to pay a whopping $7.6m fine in California for failing to report driver data, otherwise facing a 30-day suspension of its service.

Under Californian law developed over the course of the last few years, ridesharing services must report accessibility of their vehicles, locations of pickups and dropoffs, any rides that are turned down, plus road safety figures for their drivers.

The data was initially requested by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in September 2013, but Uber failed to fully comply with this requirement until August 2015.

Uber appealed an initial fine of $7.3 million in August but after a review of the case, the CPUC actually decided to up the figure for a delay in compliance.

Uber says it will yet again appeal the decision, but has agreed to pay the fine to avoid having its license suspended.

Rival Lyft complied fully with the requirements of the California Public Utilities Commission, according to the LA Times.

Uber fined $7.6 million by California utilities commission [LA Times via Engadget]

Also tagged with