Published on : Saturday, July 29, 2017
The Friday protest disrupted the traffic at the height of tourist season in the Adriatic country. Taxi drivers protested against the services of Uber, which is claiming as unruly and illegal.
This protest causes a major traffic slowdown outside the main tourism center of Dubrovnik. The Anti Uber demonstrations also disrupted traffic around the airports in Split and Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia.
Thousands of protesters demanded to ban the Uber app, operating illegally in Croatia for two years, providing the cheapest rate of riding than the other taxi drivers to the passengers.
One of the protesters named Bozo Maletic said the drivers in Croatia want the traffic laws, rules and regulation to be equal for everyone.
The media in Croatia reported that there happened violence at the Dubrovnik protest, where four taxi drivers were hurt.
The Transport Minister of Croatia, Oleg Butkovic deeply condemned and criticised the mass demonstrations against Uber and urged the protestors to bring an end to this, which is deeply affecting the tourism, as July is the month of tourism. He also said that the government is preparing new legislation to address the Uber problem.
The Government of Croatia recently asked the courts to rule whether to ban the Uber app. The officials have said Uber was not in line with the traffic and road regulations of Croatia.
Uber stated the protest as absolutely unacceptable and selfish. The company reportedly said the obstructions and the protests hinder the tourism, which is harmful for the revenue generation of the country.
Uber also added that it stepped up its recently-formed UberBoat service on the Adriatic coast for both the citizens and the tourists at a very lowered prices so travelers can reach their destinations.
There are more than 5,000 Uber drivers in Croatia. Here Uber is offering the cheaper prices than ordinary taxi services, which hamper the ordinary taxi drivers. Some more than 100,000 people in Croatia of 4.2 million use the Uber app.
In the month of June and July, Croatia has the highest record in tourist concentration for the mild weather in the Adriatic coast. The main roads are normally congested with vehicles during the season.