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Uber sued over felon drivers; PRC says app meets NM standards

Kassi Nelson
November 21, 2017 06:34 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Uber faces an $8.9 million lawsuit from the State of Colorado's Public Utilities Commission. The suit claims at least 12 people with criminal histories and invalid driver’s licenses were allowed to drive for the ride-sharing company.

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Colorado's PUC says it flagged dozens of Uber drivers, including some with DUIs, major traffic violations, felony convictions, and invalid licenses. It comes as a shock for some who use the popular app.

Colorado's standards for are different than New Mexico's. In the Centennial State, convicted felons cannot be behind the wheel as an Uber driver. But in the Land of Enchantment, they are in the clear to drive as long as they haven't been convicted in the last seven years.

New Mexico's Public Regulations Commission – a body similar to Colorado’s PUC – says it ran an audit in June to make sure Uber was complying with safety measures, and there were no red flags. The PRC plans on checking in again in a few months.

While that makes some riders uneasy, others don't have a problem with it.

 

“I like to think that people have the ability to turn over new leaves and say, ‘I learned my lessons. I'm done with that. I need to get back into society," Aidan Shaffer said.

“I think that's a question of how deep can you get into a person's morality to determine whether they should be in this situation where they're driving people around that are supposed to trust them," Alexandra Onorado said.

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