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2 Jun 2016

Uber appeals Pennsylvania utility regulator’s $11M fine

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June 2, 2016 Category: Week In Review Posted by:

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PITTSBURGH — Uber is asking Pennsylvania utility regulators to reconsider the $11.4 million fine they issued against the ride-hailing company.

The Public Utility Commission fined San Francisco-based Uber in April for operating in the state for six months in 2014 without the required approval.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Uber’s appeal says the fine amount is unreasonable, considering the lack of evidence that its services did harm. The company contends it successfully filled a void in transportation infrastructure.

The company wants the fine recalculated using the number of days it violated state authority, not the number of trips it provided.

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The appeal didn’t offer an alternative fine amount. However, Uber has previously expressed willingness to settle for $399,000.

The commission has since granted Uber and its competitor, Lyft, temporary operating licenses.

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