In this Thursday, March 31, 2016, file photo, a driver for Uber Technologies Inc., arrives at an authorized customer pick up area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in Seattle. Uber will pay Pennsylvania $3.5 million for operating without a license for several months in 2014. (Ted S. Warren/AP) Uber will pay the state $3.5 million for operating without a license for several months in 2014, ending a three-year legal struggle between the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company and the regulator of transportation companies.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted 4-1 Thursday morning to approve a settlement that reduces Uber’s fine from the $11.4 million the commission imposed one year ago.
Though the settlement requires Uber to pay less than a third of the original fine, it remains the largest penalty ever issued by the regulatory body, which oversees Pennsylvania’s large electric and gas utilities, water companies and taxi cab operators. Last fall, app-based transportation was added to that list.
During discussion before the vote, commissioners indicated they were ready to put the matter behind them. But they did not seem satisfied with the outcome.
The lone dissenting vote, John F. Coleman Jr., had been a critic of Uber and said he believed the settlement was […]