Uber fined $7M for keeping driver safety and other information from California regulators

Associated Press

Uber has been fined $7.3 million for refusing to give California regulators information about the ride-hailing company's business practices, including accident details and how accessible vehicles are to disabled riders.

The fine came Wednesday from an administrative law judge at the California Public Utilities Commission. The regulatory agency allowed Uber and its competitors such as Lyft to operate in the state as long as the companies reported aspects of their activities.

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The judge agreed with utility commission staff who said Uber has not filed all required reports, specifically how often it provided disabled-accessible vehicles when requested, places where drivers tend to turn down ride requests, and the causes of accidents.

In a written statement, Uber spokeswoman Eva Behrend said the company had provided sufficient information and would appeal the ruling.