Ride-sharing service Lyft paid the Colorado Public Utilities Commission $224,375 in civil fines to settle allegations it allowed a driver with serious felonies to transport passengers for more than a year.

The actual fine was $448,750, but it was cut in half after Lyft admitted the violation and agreed to pay within 10 days last month.

“The company signed the civil penalty admitting liability and paid 50 percent of the amount to settle the case, per our rules,” said Terry Bote, a spokesman with the PUC, which oversees ridesharing services.

Ridesharing firms can either perform a fingerprint-based criminal background check or use a private service based on names. Drivers need a clean record for at least seven years for felony DUIs and certain drug offenses.

But lifetime disqualifications exist for sexual crimes, violent crimes, fraud, destruction of property and other offenses. Companies are subject to fines for each day a driver with a disqualifying offense remains active of a platform.

The driver had a robbery and prison escape on his record in other states, according to KCNC Channel 4, which first reported the story. The driver, identified by the PUC as Danny Gillette, drove with Lyft from June 4, 2017 to July 5, 2017, …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Business

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