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Taxi protest causes traffic chaos in central Prague

Published 08/02/2016

Taxi drivers block a key road near Prague's Central Station (AP)
Taxi drivers block a key road near Prague's Central Station (AP)

Hundreds of taxi drivers have blocked a major road in Prague city centre to demand higher pay and condemn alternative services such as Uber.

The protest began with drivers blocking two of the three lanes in both directions on a key route near Central Station, causing significant delays.

The protest came after talks between a company representing the drivers and city authorities in the Czech capital collapsed at the end of December.

The drivers claim Uber and other ride-hailing apps are illegal because they do not meet all the requirements traditional taxi companies have to.

They also want to be allowed to charge passengers more than the current maximum of 28 koruna (80p) per kilometre.

Prague mayor Adriana Krnacova said the drivers have no real reason to protest.

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