Uber banned in Israel as its drivers lack proper licenses and insurance

An Israeli court on 27 November banned the international ride-sharing service Uber from operating in Israel because the company uses drivers reportedly lacking proper licenses and insurances.

Uber app logo as seen on a mobile telephone. Reuters

Uber app logo as seen on a mobile telephone. Reuters

The Tel Aviv District Court said the US-based company could not be allowed to operate as the company is given 48 hours to halt its Uber Day and Uber Night services, which offer low fare rides through a car-pooling app, Xinhua news agency reported.

The court order will become effective on Wednesday at 10 am.

The verdict halted a pilot programme that Uber has been running in Tel Aviv over the past months through which the company hopes it could expand service to the rest of the country.

The court ruling came after objections by Israel's Ministry of Transportation, the Taxi Driver Union and GetTexi, a rival app-based company over Uber's use of non-professional drivers who lack business licenses and insurances.

Updated Date: Nov 27, 2017 22:44 PM