USA state fines Uber with $8.9 million for unqualified drivers

USA state fines Uber with $8.9 million for unqualified drivers

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.

"When Uber came to Colorado they said their private background checks they conducted were industry leading and were in fact better than fingerprint background checks", he said.

The ride-hailing Global Transportation technology, Uber, was slapped with a fine of $8.9 million by a western USA state Colorado.

It said the drivers lacked valid driver's licenses or had committed other offences that made them unfit for the job.

According to PUC, Uber's background checks also failed to identify a number of aliases used by their drivers, including one driver who was a convicted felon, habitual offender, and at one point in his past had escaped from the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Staff with the commission found Uber allowed people with felony convictions, DUI convictions and people with suspended or revoked licenses to drive for the company.

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

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.

Rasier is the part of Uber that contracts with drivers.

An investigation found that over the past year and a half, 57 Uber drivers were giving rides who should not have been permitted to drive for the company, according to a news release from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC). "These actions put the safety of passengers in extreme jeopardy".

We've reached out to Uber for comment on the latest developments and will update this post if and when we receive a response. "We will continue to work closely with the CPUC to enable access to safe, reliable transportation options for all Coloradans", it said.

Uber works with a biz called Accurate Background to research drivers' pasts.

Among the findings of the investigation were 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 license issues.

Colorado law requires Uber, Lyft and other "transportation network companies" to complete a criminal history check and review the driving history before allowing a driver to work in Colorado.

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

An ignition Interlock is a device installed in a vehicle that requires a breath sample before the engine can start.

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