Uber has been ordered by a Tel Aviv judge to stop running its car-sharing service in Israel. The Uber defense was apparently insufficient to convince the court that the new company adapted its system to conform with Israeli law and administrative regulations. UberTaxi, which enables passengers to request rides via licensed taxi drivers, is not affected.
Uber was able to get around legal restrictions by defining its service as not-for-profit, claiming that it is merely "reimbursing" its drivers for the cost of maintaining their cars.
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.
The ruling came after the Ministry of Transportation issued an indictment against Uber in May, alleging it was operating without a government license.
"We are committed to continuing to cooperate with the authorities, to examine how our technology can provide reliable, cost-effective and safe transportation options", Uber Israel said in a statement.
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.