Budapest Taxi Drivers Protest Continues

  • 20 Jan 2016 8:00 AM
Budapest Taxi Drivers Protest Continues
Taxi drivers continued to block traffic at the intersection of Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út and Andrássy út all through Monday night and throughout Tuesday in protest against the Uber ride-sharing service. Their numbers shrank from over 100 on Monday to around 30 overnight and 60 yesterday afternoon.

In addition, their demands softened from a call to ban Uber outright to the insistence on equal regulations for taxi drivers and their Uber rivals.

Traffic proceeded slowly, as the protesters kept only one lane open in each direction, watched by numerous police officers.

Some taxi drivers were outraged that three professional organisations did not express support for them yesterday.

Instead, the Budapest Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Haulier Entrepreneurs and the National Taxi Drivers Federation said at a press briefing that they share a common goal but favour a negotiated settlement over protests.

They warned that drivers demonstrating on the streets could destroy the image of the profession.

Several websites posted video recordings of taxi drivers insulting the passengers and drivers of vehicles they believed to be Uber cars, as well as kicking and spitting on the vehicles, while police did not intervene.

The protest is expected to continue today.

Source: Hungary Around the Clock

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MTI photo: Balogh Zoltán

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