Uber is facing a fine of $8.9 million in Colorado

Uber failed to identify drivers with prior offences and invalid licenses.
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Uber has been asked to pay a fine of $8.9 million in Colorado. The company has been fined for letting drivers with invalid licenses drive on its platform. 

According to reports, individuals with offences on their record, that disqualify them from having valid licenses, were allowed to drive on Uber. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) found 12 drivers who had felony convictions, 17 drivers with major moving vehicle violations and three who were found with drunk-driving violations.

According to the PUC, Uber has also failed to conduct proper background checks, thereby failing to identify drivers who were using aliases. 

According to the PUC, Uber has also failed to conduct proper background checks, thereby failing to identify drivers who were using aliases. 

Uber found a “process error that was inconsistent with Colorado’s ride-sharing regulations.""

Uber found a “process error that was inconsistent with Colorado’s ride-sharing regulations.""

“We  have determined that Uber had background check information that should have disqualified these drivers under the law, but they were allowed to drive anyway,” said Doug Dean, direction of the PUC in a statement. “PUC staff was able to find felony convictions that the company’s background checks failed to find, demonstrating that the company’s background checks are inadequate. In other cases, we could not confirm criminal background checks were even conducted by Uber,” it added.

Responding to the fine, Uber has said that it found a “process error that was inconsistent with Colorado’s ride-sharing regulations and proactively notified the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. This error affected a small number of drivers and we immediately took corrective action. Per Uber safety policies and Colorado state regulations, drivers with access to the Uber app must undergo a nationally accredited third party background screening. We will continue to work closely with the CPUC to enable access to safe, reliable transportation options for all Coloradans.”