Taxi booking app Uber fined $7.3m in California
Uber Technologies Inc. is an American company that specialises in allowing customers with a smartphone or computer to arrange a trip request which is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars. Uber’s app allows passengers to request rides from drivers in the area and its fares are generally lower than those of traditional taxis.
The company was only founded in 2009, but it has seen a worldwide expansion and is now available in in 58 countries and 300 cities worldwide, although not without legal battles on the way. It has also been embroiled in a number of controversies and it has been banned in some countries, Germany and Italy are examples.
The latest controversy has seen the company being fined $7.3 million in California for not giving regulators enough information about its service and operations apparently Uber had not filed all the reports required by the body that allows the company to operate in California. They also have not given any data on how often it provided access to disabled passengers in California; it was also accused of not forwarding details of any incidents such as being involved in accidents. There have been other examples where the company has fallen foul of officials, for example Portland, Oregon has suspended the service after disagreement with the city officials.
Unsurprisingly Uber has said that it has said that it has given enough information to the commission, but clearly the state did not agree and Uber has said that it would appeal against the decision and has been given 30 days to enter the appeal otherwise its licence to operate in California will be suspended.