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Uber hit with $8.9 mn fine by Colorado for allowing shady drivers

Probe found violations that included 12 drivers with felony convictions and 17 drivers with major moving-vehicle violations

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Uber hit with $8.9 mn fine by Colorado for allowing shady drivers

regulators on Monday fined $8.9 million, saying the ride-services company allowed 57 people to drive for it although they lacked valid driver's licenses or had committed other offences that would have disqualified them.

The Public Utilities Commission said its probe found violations that included 12 drivers with felony convictions, 17 drivers with major moving-vehicle violations and three drivers with a type of driver's license required after recent drunk-driving convictions.

"We have determined that had background check information that should have disqualified these drivers under the law, but they were allowed to drive anyway," Doug Dean, the commission's director, said in a statement.

Technologies Inc [UL] said in a statement it recently discovered an error in its background check process in and began working to correct the issue.

"This error affected a small number of drivers and we immediately took corrective action," it said.

has had a difficult year in the face of a federal probe into whether it broke bribery laws, allegations of sexual harassment, and other issues that led the company to bring in a new chief executive and take steps to improve its corporate culture.

has about 600,000 drivers across the United States.

First Published: Tue, November 21 2017. 09:18 IST