Uber: Hungarian government ‘ruins jobs’

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The Hungarian government is “ruining jobs” and “ignores the interests of 150,000 users”, the Hungarian branch of U.S.-based ride-sharing service Uber said, in response to increased scrutiny planned by the government regarding the operation of non-taxi services, Hungarian online daily origo.hu reported on Friday.

The government is planning to ban the application, as well as revoke the driverʼs licenses of those using the application as drivers, state secretary János Fónagy announced on Friday, according to origo.hu.

Uber Hungary’s head Zoltán Fekete said that the platform has 1,200 partner drivers all of whom have the necessary licenses, pay taxes and provide digital invoices to passengers after the completion of every route. He added that the governmentʼs plans could be in violation of the Fundamental Law of Hungary as well as EU laws, origo.hu reported. 

Fekete said that Uber would like to be informed about planned changes to legislation as soon as possible. He added that Uber is committed to continuing operations in Budapest.

The Lánchíd bridge was blocked by demonstrating taxis for a short period on April 26 in a protest against ride-sharing services in the capital. The taxi drivers claimed that such services still operate unlawfully in Budapest due to lack of effective government action. 

That same day, shortly after taxi drivers started their demonstration, Uber, the biggest ride-sharing service in Budapest, sent a mass email to its users offering a 50% discount on all rides. The email suggested that using Uber would help people get around traffic jams caused by the protest.

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