Uber Hungary launches petition against government measures
The Hungarian branch of U.S.-based ride-sharing service Uber launched a petition asking users to sign in support of the application. The move follows a bill proposal submitted by the Hungarian government yesterday to Parliament that could completely halt the app in the country.
In an email sent to users, Uber stressed that 150,000 Hungarians use their services, with approximately 1,200 local people serving as drivers, and receiving “new flexible economic possibilities”.
“The loudest are those who are afraid of losing their undeserved privilege: they are afraid of losing gypsy rides, hacked taximeters, and the opportunity to rip off tourists”, the email reads. Uber most probably makes a reference to Hungarian taxi drivers who have demonstrated against the companyʼs operations in Budapest half a dozen times this year alone.
The Taxi driverʼs demonstrations were designed to pressure the Hungarian government to increase scrutiny and take serious legal action against Uber.
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