Taxi Tribulations: Israel's Trustbusters Review GetTaxi-Uber Battle

Antitrust Authority looking at whether GetTaxi tried to stymie Uber's entrance into the Israel market, report says.

Nir Keidar

The battle for drivers between two startup services, GetTaxi and Uber, has crossed the pond from Manhattan to Israel, and Israel's Antitrust Authority has taken note, a media report says.

Uber, based in San Francisco, California, recently started operations in Israel, where GetTaxi is based and established.

The Israeli daily Globes reports that the country's antitrust staff has asked both companies for information as the agency looks into whether GetTaxi has tried to stymie Uber's expansion here.

When Uber first arrived in Israel, GetTaxi told its drivers that they could work for both services at once, Globes reported. But a few weeks later, the paper said, GetTaxi changed course and demanded that its drivers choose: work for it or somewhere else.

GetTaxi claims that Uber's staff early on ordered hundreds of rides and then tried to draft the drivers to work with Uber, Globes reported.