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Taxi Drivers in Budapest Put an End to Demonstration Against Uber

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | January 24, 2016

Taxi Drivers in Budapest Put an End to Demonstration Against Uber

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It’s no secret that taxi companies aren’t thrilled about the popularity of Uber. Taxi drivers in Hungary are no exception.

After four days of protesting against the ride-hailing service, Hungarian taxi drivers in downtown Budapest took a break following talks with the development ministry on Thursday, Hungary Today reported. 

One of the organizers of the demonstration, Zsolt Gelencsér, told Hungary Today that he will meet with government officials next week to discuss the law pertaining to taxi services and how Uber may comply with it.

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Another protest organizer, Csaba Czifery, told the newspaper that government officials sided with the taxi drivers. He said a delegation will represent them at the talks next week.

Government office chief János Lázár said the Hungarian government needs to help taxi drivers because it is a regulated market, Hungary Today said.

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The protest at a main Budapest intersection slowed traffic in the Deák Square area in central Budapest, with protesters blocking the junction of Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Road, Andrássy Avenue and József Attila Street, leaving just one lane open in each direction, according to the newspaper. It also caused traffic jams on Grand Boulevard and along the Danube’s Pest-side embankment.


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