Colorado Fines Uber $8.9 Million

Colorado Fines Uber $8.9 Million

The commission found that Uber allowed 57 drivers to work in Colorado over the past year-and-a-half, even though their histories included stains like felony convictions that would have disqualified them.

Uber is being forced to pay $8.9 million in fines for failing to properly check driver's backgrounds in Colorado.

The commission said it began its investigation into Uber earlier in the year after being notified by local police about an Uber driver alleged to have assaulted a passenger.

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission said it launched an investigation into the ride-hailing service in March after an Uber passenger said his driver assaulted him in the mountain resort town of Vail.

"We have determined that 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.

The Colorado PUC said the $8.9 million penalty was calculated based on a $2,500 fine for each day an employee was illegally behind the wheel. The company must also obtain and review a driving history report for individuals before they are allowed to drive.

TNCs are required to disqualify drivers who have been convicted of specific offenses listed in statute - such as felony convictions, alcohol or drug-related driving offenses, unlawful sexual offenses, and major moving vehicle violations. Drivers must also have a valid driver's license.

"PUC staff was able to find convictions that the company's background checks failed to find, demonstrating that the company's background checks are inadequate", Dean said.

Uber is once again under fire for how it conducts background checks.

The subsequent inquiry found twelve Uber drivers with felony convictions, seventeen with major moving-vehicle violations, three with interlock driver's licenses (assessed following drunk-driving convictions) and 63 who had other unspecified driver's-license issues, the PUC calculates. The commission said it cross-checked driver information given by Uber with information from court records and state criminal databases and discovered a number of Uber drivers with violations.

Uber could resolve the case by paying only half the fine in the next 10 days. Nevertheless, after he was released from prison, he became a driver for Uber. Otherwise, it can request a hearing before an administrative law judge to contest the fine.

Checkr is bound by the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a federal law that regulates how reporting agencies use a person's information.

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