Budapest, January 25 (MTI) – Drivers belonging to ride-hailing service Uber must comply with Hungarian legal regulations as well as travel-safety and tax rules, an economy ministry official said on Monday.
Andras Tallai, state secretary for tax affairs, told public television M1 that people who use the service should be wary since they cannot know when a driver received his driving licence or what state of repair his vehicle is in.
If someone’s activity is taxable in Hungary — for instance if they provide a transport service — then they must comply with the same laws as those, such as taxi drivers, who pursue their activities legally, he said.
After the tax office, which operates under the roof of the economy ministry, announced on Friday that it will show zero tolerance in respect of abuses, the Dutch company running Uber drivers reported that 1,200 drivers have logged onto its service.
Tallai noted that the tax office has found that not a single Uber driver has a tax number or has reported to the tax authority.