Threats shut down Haifa driver's test center

Members of a company awarded the tender for a driving theory test center in Haifa received death threats on Sunday, causing it to shut down. The test center is the first to be privatized as part of a Ministry of Transport initiative which has now been put on hold until police conclude the investigation. Speaking to The Jerusalem Post, a Transport Ministry spokesman said the center would reopen on Monday. The head of the workers committee at the Ministry of Transport told Army Radio on Sunday that "as far as I know, there was chaos there today, and there was no alternative but to close the center down. Hundreds of students won't be able to pass through the first and important stage en route to receiving a driver's license." Another 20 centers are supposed to be opened this month by the Ministry of Transport, but those plans now face uncertainty in light of the threats.