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Uber fined $8.9 million for allowing drivers with history of criminal or motor vehicle offenses to work for them

By Emily Lewis 9:10 AM November 22, 2017
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Uber had its share of controversies and videos which made national news, showing their drivers and passengers getting into arguments.

Investigators in Colorado took those matters very seriously.

The investigators with the Criminal Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced that Uber was given a large fine for knowingly endangering the lives of their customers.

The PUC said that they have handed a Civil Penalty Assessment Notice (CPAN) totaling $8.9 million to Rasier, LLC, the parent company of Uber, for allowing individuals with criminal or motor vehicle offenses, or without valid licenses, to drive for their company.

The company was cited $2,500 a day for each day that a disqualified driver was found to have worked for them.

PUC transportation enforcement said that they have launched an investigation earlier this year after a referral from the Vail Police Department about an Uber driver accused of assaulting a passenger.

PUC staff found that Uber knowingly allowed individuals with previous felony convictions to drive for them.

The CPAN listed violations that include 12 drivers with felony convictions; 17 drivers with major moving vehicle violations; three drivers with interlock driver’s licenses, which are required after recent drunk driving convictions; and 63 drivers with driver’s licenses issues.

The conviction included moving violations such as DUI, DWI, reckless driving, driving under restraint, and in numerous instances, individuals were driving with suspended, revoked or canceled driver’s licenses.

“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,” PUC Director Doug Dean said.

“These actions put the safety of passengers in extreme jeopardy,” he added.

The company can request a hearing before an administrative law judge to contest the $8.9 million fine.