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California Regulators Fine Uber $7.6 Million

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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 a $1,000 civil penalty for contempt.

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 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.

“While we are disappointed by the decision, we look forward to making our case to the California Court of Appeals. In the meantime, we will pay the fine and continue to work in good faith with the commission," the Uber spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

When California became the first state in the U.S. to adopt regulations for ride services, known as transportation network companies, it required the companies to submit annual reports that provide detailed data.

They include reports on collisions, driver training and safety, and pickup information to make sure companies are serving riders with disabilities and those who live in low-income communities. Those data are closely guarded, and not publicly available, but the CPUC released a glimpse of it in November.

Uber has argued that making the data public would reveal trade secrets, giving its competitors clues on where to expand. Late last month, Sidecar announced it was shutting down, leaving Lyft as Uber's primary remaining competitor.

The company is currently valued at more than $60 billion, according to reports, and continues to face battles over regulation in cities all over the world.

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