Court bans Uber's ride-sharing service in Israel

Court bans Uber's ride-sharing service in Israel

It is expected that both drivers and riders will decide to abandon the beleaguered company in a hurry if they decide Uber can't be trusted to keep their personal information secure.

According to Haaretz, "Uber will have to stop providing its car-sharing service in Israel as of 10 AM Wednesday, after the courts ruled in favor of competing companies".

"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 its rapid growth and market satisfaction world-wide, Uber has been ordered by a court to halt business in Israel by Tuesday morning.

"They put passengers in danger because they don't have insurance".

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The Uber taxi service, which is properly licensed and insured in Israel, can continue to operate, however.

The US firm has become a global phenomenon operating in more than 600 cities and dozens of countries, but it has faced a series of scandals and legal challenges.

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

Monday's Tel Aviv District Court injunction quoted Uber's lawyer as agreeing to "a permanent stay on everything to do with Uber Night and Uber Day operations in their current format". In mid-January, the Israeli Transportation Ministry's trial against Uber will begin, demanding the immediate cessation of the company's activity in Israel and that a fine be imposed for criminal activity.

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