Court halts Uber's trial programme in Israel

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The Tel Aviv District Court on Monday issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the operations of Uber in Israel, except for the company's regular taxi service, Israel's Channel 10 TV News reported.

The judge said in his injunction that the UberDay and UberNight ride-sharing service could not continue because the drivers, who are not licensed to drive a taxi, were not insured properly for their passengers. Uber's response: "The taxi service will continue as usual".

For now, Tel Aviv District Court Judge Eiten Orenstein has had his say, and Uber is not welcome 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.

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The injured have been admitted to the district hospital in Chitrakoot and the condition of two of them is said to be serious. The chief minister directed officials to ensure adequate and speedy treatment of the injured, an official release said.

Reports have suggested that the block on Uber and the position taken by Ministry of Transport and Road Safety are politically influenced, including by a rift between the head of the ministry Israel Katz and Prime Minister Netanyahu.

In the face of criticism of the legality of its operations earlier this month, Uber Israel CEO Yoni Greifman said that the existing legislation was outdated.

The ban will go into effect on Wednesday and prevents Uber from operating the UberDAY and UberNIGHT services, which were launched just six weeks ago. "We're committed to continued cooperation with the authorities, to examine how technology can provide reliable, cost-effective and safe transportation solutions".

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