Uber Ride-Sharing Banned in Israel

Uber is partially banned in Tel Aviv

Report: Uber Ride-Sharing Banned in Israel

Uber has been ordered by a Tel Aviv judge to stop running its car-sharing service in Israel.

Of course, Uber's Israeli problems are dwarfed by the catastrophe the company is facing around the globe these days, after the company had admitted that a 2016 data breach put at risk the personal information of 57 million Uber users worldwide and at least 600,000 drivers in the United States. Uber may still operate its taxi-hailing service.

In another case pending against Uber in Israel, the Transportation Ministry has sued the company in a Tel Aviv court for allegedly charging to take passengers without a taxi license.

The injunction against the Uber car-pooling app followed complaints by Israel's Transportation Ministry, Taxi Driver Union and a rival ride-hailing company about the US company's use of drivers who lacked proper business licenses and insurance.

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The court order will become effective on Wednesday at 10 a.m. The court was addressing a lawsuit filed by the Transportation Ministry, which was of the opinion Uber was operating illegally in Israel.

At Monday's hearing, Judge Eitan Orenstein criticized Uber on that initiative, including issues of insurance and pricing, which he said do not reflect a reimbursement of expenses but a real payment. "I won't allow you to drive even one meter without insurance".

A month and a half ago, UberDay and UberNight expanded their services in the Tel Aviv area, operating twenty-four seven, enabling individuals registered with the app to be paid for cab-driving services using their own private vehicles.

A spokeswoman for Uber in Israel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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