California regulators are recommending that Uber pay a $1.13 million fine for not investigating rider complaints that drivers were working intoxicated.
A division of the California Public Utilities Commission said Uber breached (PDF) so-called “zero-tolerance” guidelines demanding that transportation companies promptly investigate drunken-driving complaints consumers lodge with those companies.
These types of companies generally are required to suspend suspect drivers when a complaint is lodged pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
One-fourth—about 147,000 drivers—of Uber’s US workforce operates in California.
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