The car service is given 30 days to pay after failing to provide details on the causes of accidents and disabled access vehicles.

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Uber allows people to request a driver in the area via their smartphone

App-based car service Uber has been fined $7.3m (£4.6m) in its home state of California for withholding information about its practices.

A judge ruled the company had failed to provide all of the necessary information needed to operate in the state, including reports on the causes of accidents, the places where drivers tend to turn down requests for journeys and the number of disabled access vehicles available.

The decision came after staff at the California Public Utilities Commission, the regulator which allows Uber to operate in the state, said it had not been given enough information.

Uber had argued that the details it had already handed over was sufficient, and to provide any more would put the privacy of drivers and passengers at risk.

But a judge at the commission disagreed and ordered Uber to pay the fine within 30 days or its operating licence would be suspended.

Uber spokeswoman Eva  Behrend described the ruling and fine as “deeply disappointing” and said the company would appeal.

“Uber has already provided substantial amounts of data to the California Public Utilities Commission, information we have provided elsewhere with no complaints,” she said in a statement.

The commission said Uber was the only service of its type to fail to comply with the reporting requirements.

Uber, which allows passengers to request a local driver via smartphone and pay online with a card or PayPal, has its headquarters in San Francisco, California, and was first launched in the city in 2009.

The fares it charges are usually less than those imposed by traditional cab companies.

Source: Sky News