A Colorado regulator on Monday fined Uber with a nearly $9 million penalty after an investigation revealed that 57 people with criminal and motor vehicle offenses were allowed to drive with the ride-hailing company.
States across the U.S. have been considering laws to require additional background checks for individuals who drive for Uber and competitors like Lyft. In Colorado, the state’s Public Utilities Commission investigated the company’s drivers after an incident this past March, reported The Denver Post, when a driver dragged a passenger out of a car and kicked them in the face.
The commission said it found 57 drivers had issues that should’ve disqualified them from driving for Uber, including felony convictions for driving under the influence and reckless driving, while others had revoked, suspended or canceled licenses.
A similar investigation was conducted on Lyft, the Post reported, but no violations were revealed.
An Uber spokesperson told the Post the situation stems from a “process error” that was “inconsistent with Colorado’s ridesharing regulations.” Following that, the spokesperson said, Uber “proactively notified” the commission.
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