A court in Israel ordered Uber on Monday to stop a trial program from the Tel Aviv region that the U.S. ride-hailing firm had hoped would pave the way for its full operations in the country.
The injunction against the car-pooling app followed complaints by Israel’s Transportation Ministry, Taxi Driver Union along with also a rival ride-hailing firm about the U.S. company’s use of drivers that lacked appropriate business licenses and insurance.
Uber had argued that its app, which started as a night-time service and expanded to day-time operation this past month, should be categorized differently since passengers’ payment was designed to cover car-maintenance expenses and not to profit the motorists.
It lent Uber’s attorney as agreeing to “a permanent remain on what to do with Uber Night and Uber Day surgeries in their current format”. A spokeswoman for Uber in Israel didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment