Uber's woes have just become worse in its home state of California. The ride-sharing company has been slapped with a heavy fine of $7.3 million and risks a full-blown suspension in the golden state, for not complying with the 2013 regulations which allow this type of business. That's what judge Karen Clopton of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decided this week, recommending the company be fined and suspended for not providing the required data.


Uber will pursue an appeal.

The problem is this: Uber has not shared sufficient data to show its drivers are conferring rides fairly to every passenger in the state, regardless of who and where they are. According to the CPUC, quoted by the LA Times, the company had one year to comply and refused to do so. The enforcement of the fine and suspension might not happen for months though, depending on how the appeal goes.


On Uber's side, the decision was dubbed "disappointing" because the company "has already provided substantial amounts of data," they assure in a statement. The company says any further details will risk the privacy of everyone involved in providing and taking rides using the app.

So what, exactly, does the CPUC want to know? For instance, how many users with disabilities request a ride, and how many of those were accepted or denied?

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How do the fares in certain ZIP codes compare to others? At what time were they requested?

Safety is also a major concern. The CPUC wants to know how many drivers have violated the terms of service and been suspended as a result. Late last year, the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles sued Uber for unlawful business practices, including not performing a thorough background check on their drivers with fingerprint data.

Because the company is based in San Francisco and does so well in California, it absolutely cannot afford the bad publicity of being suspended in its home turf. Not after the countless brushes with regulators in the U.S. and worldwide, with numerous statewide bans - think Nevada - and big problems in various european countries. Spain and Portugal have recently suspended the service, while in France violent protests from taxi drivers resulted in UberPop being canceled.


Brazil has also banned the app. At the same time, competitor Lyft reached settlements with regulators left and right, and is now hoping to become more relevant with new offerings

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