Uber hit with $11.3 million fine for operating illegally in Pa.

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The ride-hailing service Uber is getting hit with a big fine from the state of Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is fining Uber $11.3 million for operating without authorization for about six months in 2014.  

Robin Tilley of the PUC said the fine was calculated using a complicated formula, but she can’t reveal all the details.

“It is based on the number of trips given during that time frame and a per-trip fine,” she said. “The actual number of trips is proprietary, it’s under a protective order.”

Uber currently operates legally in most of Pennsylvania under a temporary authorization.  In Philadelphia, however, it’s still considered an illegal taxi service.

Uber representatives have not responded to requests for comment.

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