Uber to pay $3.5M to Pennsylvania for 2014 violations


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Ride-sharing and technology company Uber will pay $3.5 million into the state’s general fund to settle a long-running dispute with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Commissioners approved the settlement in a four to one vote Thursday. The civil penalty is one-third of the original $11.4 million fine levied against Uber.

Chairman Gladys Brown said in a statement that the case with Uber had been “intense, complex, and contentious.” She said the settlement represented “an acceptable solution” and would allow PUC to avoid litigation.

A release from the agency said the settlement resolves any issues relating to Uber’s initial entry into the state. The company operated for six months without a license in 2014, and a month after a cease-and-desist order.

Both Uber and Lyft began offering rides in Pennsylvania in 2014, and did so without state approval. While Lyft settled with the PUC for $250,000 in 2015, Uber did not. The company was accused of obstructing an investigation into their operations, and they were ultimately fined a record $11.4 million dollars. Uber appealed that decision.