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Uber suspending operations in Hungary

Published 13/07/2016

Uber began operating in Hungary in November 2014
Uber began operating in Hungary in November 2014

Officials from ride-sharing app Uber have said the company will suspend its operations in Hungary indefinitely from July 24, when new rules regulating passenger transport are due to take effect.

The laws were changed after pressure from taxi companies and drivers, who held numerous protests slowing traffic in Budapest.

Legislation passed in June allows authorities to suspend websites such as Uber for up to a year if they continue to operate without the necessary permits after being fined.

Uber Hungary director Zoltan Fekete said on Wednesday that the service had 160,000 users and 1,200 drivers in the country. Uber users registered in Hungary will still be able to use its app abroad.

Uber began operating in Hungary in November 2014. The company says 40% of Uber users in Hungary were tourists.

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