Budapest (MTI) – Ride-hailing service Uber filed a complaint on Wednesday with the European Commission against Hungary over legislation that the company said made it impossible for it to operate in the country.

Rob Khazzam, Uber’s general manager for central Europe, told reporters that the company intends to return to Budapest where it began operations in 2014.

Uber served about 160,000 customers in Budapest and had 1,200 drivers.


The company suspended its activities in Hungary in July citing legislation that it said would make it impossible for it to operate.

In June, Hungary’s parliament approved legislation allowing local authorities to block the websites of companies that offer illegal taxi services for up to 365 days. The law followed months of protests against Uber by Budapest taxi drivers who had been demanding that the government ensure a level playing field in the passenger transport market.

Source: MTI

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