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Slovakia: Anti-Uber taxi drivers bring Bratislava to a standstill01:50

Slovakia: Anti-Uber taxi drivers bring Bratislava to a standstill

Slovakia, Bratislava
September 28, 2015 at 15:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around 200 taxi drivers joined a protest ride in Bratislava, Monday, against the Uber application which entered the Slovakia market on August 13 and has since been offering cheaper services than official taxi drivers.

The participating taxi drivers blocked the traffic in the Slovakian capital for around an hour, to protest against Uber which they consider to be illegal work as Uber drivers are not required to have an official license, card payment machine or any tax evidence. Legal taxi drivers, on the contrary, must meet the strict criteria about the licenses, machines and technical controls as well as having to pay taxes.

The taxi drivers have addressed the Slovakian government about some of their demands. They have requested fare regulation and a minimum price per kilometre.

As a reaction to the protest, Uber announced discount from its services during the protest ride for its Bratislava customers.

Slovakia: Anti-Uber taxi drivers bring Bratislava to a standstill01:50
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Around 200 taxi drivers joined a protest ride in Bratislava, Monday, against the Uber application which entered the Slovakia market on August 13 and has since been offering cheaper services than official taxi drivers.

The participating taxi drivers blocked the traffic in the Slovakian capital for around an hour, to protest against Uber which they consider to be illegal work as Uber drivers are not required to have an official license, card payment machine or any tax evidence. Legal taxi drivers, on the contrary, must meet the strict criteria about the licenses, machines and technical controls as well as having to pay taxes.

The taxi drivers have addressed the Slovakian government about some of their demands. They have requested fare regulation and a minimum price per kilometre.

As a reaction to the protest, Uber announced discount from its services during the protest ride for its Bratislava customers.