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Why Colorado authorities is slamming Uber with $8.9m fine

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Authorities in Colorado on Monday fined Uber $8.9 million for allowing 57 drivers on the ride sharing platform to operate without valid driver’s licenses, and for others who have violated regulatory standards.

Colorado Public Utilities Commission said its probe reveals that 12 drivers are under felony convictions and  17 drivers with major moving-vehicle violations.

The commission said three drivers are found with a type of driver’s license required after recent drunk-driving convictions.

“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,” Doug Dean, the commission’s director, said in a statement.

Uber Technologies Inc said in a statement it recently discovered an error in its background check process in Colorado and began working to correct the issue.

“This error affected a small number of drivers and we immediately took corrective action,” it said.

Uber has had a difficult year in the face of a federal probe into whether it broke bribery laws, allegations of sexual harassment, and other issues that led the company to bring in a new chief executive and take steps to improve its corporate culture.

 

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