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Uber Budapest offers 50% discount during taxi demo

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Shortly after taxi drivers began a demonstration against ride-sharing services in the capital today, Uber, the biggest ride-sharing service in Budapest, sent a mass email to their users offering a half-price discount on rides. The email suggests that using Uber would help people get around the traffic jams caused by the protest.

“Today, it can happen that you get stuck in a traffic jam. Therefore, we offer an exceptional 50% discount on travel time from 8:30 am to 3 pm,” the email reads. 

Uber says that using their service in Budapest today “helps to reduce the number of cars on the streets on a particularly crowded day.”

The half price discount was announced just a few hours after Hungarian taxi drivers began driving around the capital in a long convoy, protesting against Uber and similar ride-sharing services, claiming that the Hungarian government is not taking effective action against such companies, which taxi drivers believe are operating illegally.

The protesting taxis have begun blocking major arteries in the city.

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