$8.9 Million fine was imposed on Uber for allowing unqualified drivers to drive cars in Colorado

The business allowed 57 people to drive vehicles although they required valid driver’s licenses or had performed other offenses that would have excluded them.

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission said its examination found violations that combined 12 drivers with felony convictions, 17 drivers with major moving-vehicle violations and three drivers with a type of driver’s license required following recent drunk-driving convictions.

“We have fixed that Uber had background check data that should have disqualified these drivers under the law, but they were acknowledged to drive anyway,” Doug Dean, the commission’s director, said in a statement.

Uber Technologies Inc UBER.UL said in a statement it recently found an error in its background check process in Colorado and began operating to correct the issue.

“This error moved a small number of drivers and we immediately took corrective action,” it said.

Uber has had a tough year in the face of a federal probe into whether it broke bribery laws, charges of sexual harassment, and other impressions that led the company to bring in a new chief executive and take steps to change its corporate culture.