Uber appeals PUC's $11 million fine

Written by The Associated Press | May 27, 2016 12:40 PM

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(Pittsburgh) -- Uber is asking state utility regulators to reconsider the record $11.4 million fine they issued against the ride-hailing company last month. 

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. 

Uber's 102-page appeal says the fine amount is unreasonable, considering the lack of evidence that the services it provided did any harm.

To the contrary, 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. 

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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