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Uber will conduct annual background checks on Colorado drivers

DENVER (AP) – Uber has implemented a number of safety measures, including annual background checks on its drivers in Colorado, as part of a proposed settlement with the state.

The Denver Post reports the Colorado Public Utilities Commission issued an $8.9 million fine against the ride-hailing service in November after finding it allowed people with felony convictions or invalid driver’s licenses to transport passengers in the state.

The company previously conducted background checks when a person first applied to drive and then every five years after.

The commission had cited 3,570 violations, but it later dismissed about half and reduced the fine.

Uber won’t have to pay any of the fine amount if the settlement is accepted at a hearing later this month.

Uber expects the changes will cost about $2.4 million annually.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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