Pennsylvania fines Uber $11M for operating without approval

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania utility regulators are fining ride-hailing company Uber a record $11.4 million for operating in the state for six months in 2014 without the required approval.

The Public Utility Commission voted 3 to 2 on Thursday for a penalty considerably lower than the $50 million fine recommended by a pair of judges last year.

Uber drew criticism from the judges for continuing to operate a month after being issued a cease-and-desist order and for what they described as obstructive actions during the investigation.

The two commissioners who voted no say the fine was excessive compared to the commission’s past actions. The commission’s previous record was $1.8 million over an electricity supplier’s handling of a guaranteed savings plan for customers.

A spokesman for San Francisco-based Uber says it plans to appeal.

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