Uber Goes Under in Israel

Uber Goes Under in Israel

A court in Israel ordered Uber on Monday to halt a trial programme in the Tel Aviv area that the USA ride-hailing company had hoped would pave the way for its full operations in the country.

The judge said in his injunction that the UberDay and UberNight ride-sharing service could not continue because the drivers, who are not licensed to drive a taxi, were not insured properly for their passengers. The Uber defense was apparently insufficient to convince the court that the new company adapted its system to conform with Israeli law and administrative regulations.

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"It remains illegal for unregistered private drivers to ferry passengers in return for payment, as numerous private Uber drivers operate without studying safety regulations and undergoing any form of testing", the report added.

Despite this, Uber's taxi service, separate from the ride-sharing program, will be allowed to continue. "We're committed to continued cooperation with the authorities, to examine how technology can provide reliable, cost-effective and safe transportation solutions". It is available in about 600 cities worldwide.

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The lawsuit was brought by the Association of Taxi Drivers and rival online taxi operator Gett.

Uber launched its pilot ride-sharing program in Israel a year ago, but has faced opposition from the Transportation Ministry, which filed suit against the company in May for violating regulations.

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It began its nighttime services in the same area in 2016, though it operated with numerous restrictions, according to Israeli media.

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