Taxi drivers demonstrate against Uber in Budapest



Since early this morning, approximately 100 taxi drivers have been demonstrating against the Hungarian operations of San Francisco-based ride-sharing service Uber, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

Closing all lanes except two at one of the busiest intersections in Budapest on Andrássy út, taxi drivers slow traffic during an impromptu demonstration. (Photo: MTI/Péter Lakatos)

Traffic has been secured by the Hungarian Police, and drivers have been requested to avoid the area surrounding the demonstration.

Placards placed on the windscreens of the taxis show the word “Uber” crossed out in red, with the accompanying message: “No thanks!”.

Taxi drivers are reportedly opposed to Uber drivers and their cars not requiring the same scrutiny and examinations as taxi drivers.

On June 24, the Hungarian government approved a decree, that came into effect on August 6, requiring local drivers for Uber to become licensed taxi drivers, however, Uber has continued its operations in Budapest regardless of the decree.

Taxi drivers previously held demonstrations on March 19 and June 16 against the U.S.-based ride-sharing service and have vocally opposed the Hungarian operations of Uber.

Uber offers a HUF 380 base fare, while under a decree in effect since September 2013, the base fare for taxis operating in Budapest was set at HUF 450.


Budapest Named 5th Best City in Europe for Bargain Lovers Analysis

Budapest Named 5th Best City in Europe for Bargain Lovers

Parl't approves 2023 budget Parliament

Parl't approves 2023 budget

Danubius Hotels Appoints Group Director of Development Appointments

Danubius Hotels Appoints Group Director of Development

Muni Council Organizing Meeting to Improve Air Quality City

Muni Council Organizing Meeting to Improve Air Quality


Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.