California orders Uber to pay a $7.3 million fine
The missing figures include the number of passengers who requested vehicles that can accommodate wheelchairs or animals and the number of times those requests were granted. Uber also failed to submit a list of ride requests based on ZIP codes and how many of those were fulfilled, as well as info on drivers who committed violations.
Company spokesperson Eva Behrend told LA Times that they will launch an appeal, and the court's decision after that process (which can take months) will determine whether Uber really has to pay up and go through temporary suspension. "Uber has already provided substantial amounts of data to the California Public Utilities Commission, information we have provided elsewhere with no complaints," she said, adding that "[g]oing further risks compromising the privacy of individual riders as well as driver-partners."
While Uber's existence in its home state is in jeopardy, it's making headway in Mexico City, where the local government has published a legal framework for ride-sharing services. Still, Uber didn't get everything it wanted: Mexico City has decided that all vehicles used for ride-sharing should cost at least 200,000 pesos ($12,660). Just last week, the company announced that driver-partners in the region would only need to spend 150,000 pesos ($9,500) in all to get started.
This article by Mariella Moon originally ran on Engadget, the definitive guide to this connected life.
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