Uber plans to provide 2,000 legal jobs

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San Francisco-based ridesharing service provider Uber plans to provide jobs for approximately 2,000 in Hungary if the market is appropriately regulated, Uber’s Hungarian Operations Manager Zoltán Fekete told daily Népszabadság.

Fekete noted that in the event that the taxi market in Hungary is well regulated, Uber’s operation will not come to an end but will instead generate jobs in the country. Should this happen, Uber would introduce services that are particularly aimed at making the work of taxi drivers easier, the manager added.

Commenting on the latest report from Hungary’s National Customs and Tax Authority (NAV) that Uber drivers are tax evaders, Fekete said that all Uber drivers are informed at the time of registration that they are required to pay taxes. Despite NAVʼs earlier reports that all the Uber drivers they investigated were found to be operating illegally, Fekete said that no official fines have been issued yet.

According to the paper, Uber has approximately 40,000 users in Hungary, while a couple of thousand are registered through the application as drivers.

Regarding the investigation ordered by Hungaryʼs National Economy Minister of Uberʼs operations in the country, International Launcher Rob Khazzamm earlier talked to the Budapest Business Journal, vouching for the legality of the company.

Hundreds of Hungarian taxi drivers held a June 17 demonstration in downtown Budapest, to express their opposition to Uberʼs Hungarian operations.

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