Colorado fines Uber $8.9M for problem drivers

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Denver, Colo. - Colorado regulators have issued an $8.9 million fine against Uber's parent company for allowing employees with serious criminal or motor vehicle offenses to work for the company.

Uber was fined $2,500 per day for each day a disqualified driver worked.

"We have determined that Uber had background check information that should have disqualified these drivers under the law, but they were allowed to drive anyway," PUC director Doug Dean said in a statement. "These actions put the safety of passengers in extreme jeopardy."

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission said Monday that it launched an investigation into the ride-hailing service last year after an Uber driver was accused of assaulting a passenger in Vail. Within the last year and a half, the commission said it found that nearly 60 Uber drivers were allowed to work in Colorado despite having previous felony convictions, including a former prison escapee, major traffic violations or problems with their driver's licenses.

Last week, two women who said they were sexually assaulted by Uber drivers filed federal lawsuits in San Francisco faulting the company's background checks.

Uber didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.