Hungarian taxi drivers demonstrate against Uber, again

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Hungarian taxi drivers began a demonstration against the operations of U.S.-based ride-sharing company Uber, again, following a four-day-long demonstration in January, according to reports.

Taxis line up at Hősök tere this morning. (Photo: MTI/Zsolt Szigetváry)

Demonstrating taxis lined up at Hősök tere, and split up into four groups on their drive to the Center for Budapest Transport (BKK), the National Transport Authority, the U.S. Embassy in Hungary and the National Development Ministry, MTI reported. At the latter two locations taxi drivers are planning on handing in petitions against Uber, MTI added. 

The demonstration is expected to continue at Deák Ferenc tér, one of the busiest junctions in the capital, at 11.00 am, where traffic congestion is anticipated once demonstrators close a lane, according to reports.

Uberʼs Hungarian operations came under fire after Hungarian taxi drivers demonstrated at Deák Ferenc tér, one of Budapestʼs central junctions, for four days in January, asking the government to shut down Uber. The government said it would change the regulations, and initiated negotiations with the representatives of taxi drivers, but did not invite Uber to take part, according to reports.

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