Passengers plan demo against taxis

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LaMography/Moni Lazar

To voice their discontent regarding the growing number of demonstrations being staged by Hungarian taxis drivers in the capital, nearly 5,000 Hungarians have signed up for a Facebook event to boycott taxis on June 1, as a counter-protest.

(Photo: LaMography/Moni Lazar)

“Weʼve had enough of the constant taxi demos”, the description of the event says, adding that “on this day, we, the average person will demonstrate against taxi drivers”. 

The organizers of the event say that by boycotting taxis for one day, Hungarian citizens can communicate to taxi drivers that they have had enough of “high fares, cheeky attitudes and conning behavior”, the page reads.

Hungarian taxi drivers have demonstrated more than half a dozen times in Budapest this year alone against ride-sharing services, which they claim operate unlawfully. The Hungarian government, apparently affected by the taxi driverʼs demonstrations, will discuss a bill next week that could ban the operations of ride-sharing services such as Uber in Hungary.

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