Taxi drivers in more than 60 cabs protested against ride sharing service Uber in Budapest late Thursday, kettosmerce.blog.hu reported. A number of the taxis drove through the city centre and wound up the protest near the Castle District. The blog said the drivers would protest again in rush-hour traffic next Friday if steps are not taken to level the playing field.
Uber has launched its services, available through smartphone applications, in more than 200 cities around the world. For rides in Budapest, the company advertises a base fare of 300 forint, or 99 euro cents, and a 130 forint per-
kilometre fee. Under a decree in force from September 2013, the base fare for taxis operating in Budapest was set at 450 forints and the per-kilometre fee at 280 forints. The decree, which also laid down strict requirements for vehicles, aimed to create transparency on the market and weed out unscrupulous drivers.