Colorado Fines Uber $8.9 Million for Problem Drivers

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission said Monday that it found that nearly 60 Uber drivers were allowed to work in the state despite previous felony convictions.

Posted: Nov. 20, 2017 1:18 PM

DENVER (AP) - Colorado has fined Uber's parent company $8.9 million for allowing employees with serious criminal or motor vehicle offenses to work for the company.

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission said Monday that it found that nearly 60 Uber drivers were allowed to work in the state despite previous felony convictions.

The drivers included a former prison escape and people with major traffic violations or problems with their driver's licenses.

Uber in a statement says it recently discovered a "process error" that was inconsistent with Colorado's ridesharing regulations and affected what the company called a small number of drivers.

The company says it notified the state and fixed the problem.

Regulators say they launched an investigation this year after an Uber driver was accused of assaulting a passenger in Vail.

The regulators say they found felony convictions for drivers that Uber's background checks did not discover.

Uber's fine will be cut in half if it pays the penalty within 10 days.

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