NEWARK - Uber says it will fully compensate unjustly fined or cited drivers after Newark officials threatened to tow drivers operating at and around Penn Station and Newark Liberty International Airport.

Newark prosecutors sent a letter last month informing Uber of its intentions. The city says Uber and its drivers will face civil and criminal penalties after Feb. 22 for continued violations of the city's taxicab ordinance.

The California-based ride-hailing company has operated largely unregulated in the state in recent years.

Chief prosecutor Evans Anyanwu couldn't immediately be reached to clarify how the ordinance is being violated.

Mayor Ras Baraka says commercial vehicles have to be licensed to operate at the train station or airport. He says lawmakers should intervene with regulations.

Uber has about 15,000 independent contractor drivers in the state.