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California State imposes $7.3 mn fine on Uber Cab Services

Uber CabsA court in US’ California state has imposed a fine of $7.3 million on Uber cab services for not providing regulators enough information about its service and operations, a media report said. Chief Administrative Law Judge Karen V. Clopton of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Wednesday said Uber has not complied with state laws designed to ensure that drivers are doling out rides fairly to all passengers, the LA Times reported. She said Uber’s months-long refusal to provide such data is in violation of the 2013 law that legalised such firms.

The reporting requirements include ride-logging information such as date, time, zip code and fare paid. The San Francisco based firm competes with the taxi industry by contracting with drivers and connecting them with passengers through a smartphone app.

Uber has said that it would appeal. Last month, hundreds of French taxi drivers took to the streets in a massive protest against Uber which they accused of stealing their livelihoods following Uber suspended its UberPop service in France. It has also been banned in the Indian capital of New Delhi, Germany, Italy and in US cities of Portland and Oregon. (IANS)

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