California Public Utilities Commission Judge Recommends that Uber be fined $7.3 Million and Suspended From Operating in California

On July 15, 2015, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) chief administrative law judge Karen V. Clopton recommended that Uber should be fined $7.3 million and be suspended from operating in California for failing to comply with the CPUC regulations.  According to the findings of Judge Clopton, Uber has failed to give regulators enough information about their service and operations designed to insure that Uber Drivers are acting in compliance with the law.  So far, Uber has failed to file all the reports required by the CPUC to operate in the state.  The proposed ban would remain in effect until Uber “fully complies fully with the outstanding requirements”.  Uber said it will appeal

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A group of San Francisco taxi drivers, who have undergone police background checks, drive cars with meters that have regulated rates to prevent consumer gouging, have the statutorily required insurance to protect passengers as well as third parties in the event of an accident, and drive vehicles that have undergone periodic safety checks, all of which is required by law, are suing Uber on the basis it is a transportation company who has gained an unfair advantage by not complying with the law (e.g. not having insurance, not having the expense of inspecting and maintaining vehicles, or complying with other statutory requirements), and taken customers from the cabbies who are following the law.  (See San Francisco Superior Court No. CGC 12-526017)

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