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Uber Fined Millions in Colorado for Using Problem Drivers Following Rider Assault

Colorado regulators have issued an $8.9 million fine against Uber's parent company for allowing employees with serious criminal or motor vehicle offenses to work for the company as drivers, reports the Associated Press (Nov. 21). Within the last 18 months, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission found that almost 60 Uber drivers were permitted to work in Colorado despite having previous felony convictions. The drivers included a former prison escapee and others with major traffic violations, including drunk driving. "Colorado state law prevents people with felony convictions, alcohol or drug-related driving offenses, unlawful sexual offenses, and major traffic violations from working for rideshare companies," notes the AP. Uber issued a statement that it recently found a "process error" that was inconsistent with Colorado's ridesharing regulations and affected what the company called a small number of drivers. It said it notified the state and fixed the problem, but offered no further details.

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