The state has threatened to sideline certain operations of the ride-sharing company Uber in 30 days if the company does not provide rider data to the California Public Utilities Commission.
The administrative law judge in San Francisco who threatened to suspend Uber subsidiary Rasier-CA’s license to operate in California also levied a $7.3 million fine against the company.
Uber has a smartphone-based system that links independent-contractor drivers with people looking for rides. The decision applies to operations under the Rasier-CA subsidiary, which operates the service called UberX. The business has the option of appealing the decision, as do individual commissioners.
The state Public Utilities Commission says it has unsuccessfully sought data on:
• How many people sought rides in handicapped-accessible vehicles, and whether the ride service was able to comply;
• The number of rides requested and accepted by drivers within each ZIP code that Uber serves, the number of rides requested but refused, and the amounts of fares or donations accepted; and
• Accident information.
Such data is required by law and competitors in the ride-share space have provided it, according to the commission.
In a news release, the commission said it wants to determine whether services are being provided in a nondiscriminatory manner enabling equal access to all, and whether services are being provided in a manner that promotes public safety.
The judge’s decision, issued July 15, gives Rasier-CA 30 days to pay the penalty and comply with reporting requirements.
“This ruling — and the associated fine — are deeply disappointing,” said an Uber spokeswoman who was reached for comment late Friday.
“We will appeal the decision as Uber has already provided substantial amounts of data to the California Public Utilities Commission, information we have provided elsewhere with no complaints," said Uber spokeswoman Eva Behrend. "Going further risks compromising the privacy of individual riders as well as driver-partners. These CPUC requests are also beyond the authority of the commission and will not improve public safety,”