Uber is partially banned in Tel Aviv

Uber is partially banned in Tel Aviv

Uber is partially banned in Tel Aviv

Uber's response: "The taxi service will continue as usual".

After several months during which Uber attempted to break into the Israeli market, the Tel Aviv District Court ruled that the discounted transportation company must terminate its services in Israel under its current format.

"They operate private taxis in violation of the law", said Yehuda Bar On, head of the taxi drivers' union.

The court specifically banned UberDay and UberNight, the company's private-car services in Tel Aviv.

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 USA company's use of drivers who lacked proper business licenses and insurance.

The controversy over Uber made a big splash partially due to the fact that public transportation does not run on the Jewish Sabbath (Friday evening until Saturday evening), religious holidays, and late at night. The ruling comes after the Ministry of Transportation issued an indictment against Uber in May, alleging Uber was operating without a government license. Uber Israel in recent weeks launched its daytime ride- sharing services in the Tel Aviv area.

In addition to the lack of safety regulations and testing for Uber drivers, they cite fears the company will cause rates to plummet, preventing drivers from earning a living wage.

Israeli cab drivers had sued Uber, as did Gett, a taxi service previously known as GetTaxi. The Transportation Ministry has also been against Uber, making obtaining permits a challenge.

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 company had revenues of some $6.5 billion in 2016.

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