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Uber appeals Pennsylvania’s $11M fine

Aaron Aupperlee

Uber formally appealed this week the $11.3 million fine the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission levied against the San Franscisco-based ride-share company for operating in Allegheny County without a license. The company asked the commission to reopen the case and reconsider the amount of the fine.

Uber had previously offered to settle for $399,000. Lyft, a competitor of Uber, settled for $250,000 for similar violations. The company wrote in an appeal filed Wednesday that the fine was more than five times greater than any fine the commission had ever issued.

Gov. Tom Wolf, county Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and state legislators have asked the PUC to reconsider the fine so as to avoid stymieing innovation in the state. Uber, valued at $51 billion, wrote that paying the fine would have a “crippling effect” on its operations in the state and force the company to divert funding for new and innovative services.

Uber asked the PUC to suspend the fine, which is due June 9, until the appeal process is over.

Aaron Aupperlee is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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