Uber reaches agreement with key regulators of California

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Uber, the service driving demand, was temporarily solved a problem that is faced with California, the company announced yesterday. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which regulates some driving services in the state last year issued citations and fines against Internet-based Uber for allegedly operating a “charter party carrier” service that does not include insurance coverage and inscription of his hired drivers in a substance abuse program.

CPUC also argued that Uber showed no evidence of workers’ compensation insurance. Two driving services, and other Lyft sidecar, were also included in the quote, that the three companies fined $ 20,000 each. “This is a public safety issue,” Jack Hagan, director of Consumer Protection and Safety Division of the CPUC, said in a statement at the time. “If something happens to a passenger during transport with Lyft, Sidecar, or Uber, it is the responsibility of the CPUC have done everything in their power to ensure that the company was operating safely in accordance with state law.”For his part, Uber argued that he is not really employing and providing the service simply is partnering with car / driver vendors to allow people to travel in an area.

After negotiations with Uber, CPUC decided yesterday to eliminate the fine and allow Uber to continue its operation in California. “More than that, the agreement provides that ride sharing – or rides provided by drivers not specifically licensed to drive a limousine or taxi – is cool too,” Uber wrote yesterday on his blog. “This opens the way for Uber to begin offering ride-sharing services in California in the near future.” However, a statement from the CPUC does not seem as hard as Uber said. CPUC said in its own statement on the matter that ride sharing is allowed only while the organization “regulation is underway.” “With this agreement, the CPUC Division of Enforcement and Safety will suspend the cease and desist notice to Uber, as well as a $ 20,000 citation issued on November 13, 2012, pending the outcome of the CPUC regulations,” the organization wrote in his statement yesterday. Uber has been expanding its business rapidly. Just this month, the company launched and delivered in Berlin taxi service to Washington, DC.

via CNET

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