Operations Manager Hungary Uber ‘Not Taxi Service’

  • 19 Feb 2016 8:00 AM
Operations Manager Hungary Uber ‘Not Taxi Service’
Uber is not a taxi service but an IT company that operates an online marketplace for passenger transport and car sharing, the company’s operations manager in Hungary said. All payments are made electronically and transparently, Zoltán Fekete said.

The central system generates an electronic invoice for every journey and all Uber drivers must have a business tax number.

Further, every journey is insured up to 1.5 billion forints (EUR 4.8m). Uber based its electronic invoice on tax office (NAV) requirements.

Changes will be made by early March to comply with NAV’s insistence that passenger addresses should be shown, he said.

No details of registered Uber drivers have been requested by any authority in Hungary, Fekete said in response to a question.

A total of 1,200 Uber drivers work in Budapest, and this could grow to 2,000 by the end of the year. All drivers hold the necessary licences for passenger transport or the acquisition of the licence is under way.

When a driver registers in the Uber system, he or she must possess a certificate of good standing and no criminal record, plus a document showing that the driver caused no accident in the past three years.

Commenting on a decision according to which the licence plate can be removed from cars whose drivers do not hold a licence for passenger transport, Fekete said Uber would provide legal help to affected drivers.

Talks are still ongoing with government representatives and they have demonstrated a receptive attitude to support an innovative business like Uber. A total of 110,000 people have registered in Hungary as users.

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