Uber faces suspension and $7m fine in California


Another day, and another problem for ride-sharing service Uber. The company has been fined $7.3 million by a judge in California because it refuses to share business data, such as ride logs and accident reports, says the LA Times.

Chief administrative law judge, Karen Clopton of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) said that Uber had not conformed to laws designed to ensure the safety of passengers, even after it had earlier been give a year to do so. The judge also said that the service should be suspended, until the company complies.

Uber fined, possible suspension

It’s not surprising however that Uber does not agree with the judge’s decision. A spokesperson for Uber said:

We will appeal the decision as Uber has already provided substantial amounts of data to the California Public Utilities Commission, information we have provided elsewhere with no complaints. Going further risks compromising the privacy of individual riders as well as driver-partners.

The fine is considered small change for Uber, which has raised around $6 billion in funding since the company started. But if they don’t take the charge seriously, facing a suspension on its home ground probably doesn’t bode well for the popular service.

The company has already faced many legal problems around the globe. Their UberPOP service was suspended in France recently, and has also been implicated in various harassment cases in India.

Do you use Uber? Have you tried the service in Thailand or elsehwere? If you have, we’d love to hear your comments on what you like or dislike about it…



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