Published on : Saturday, July 29, 2017
On Friday, scores of Croatian taxi drivers protested against Uber services, disrupting traffic at the height of the tourist season. Protesting taxi drivers caused a major traffic slowdown outside the main tourism center of Dubrovnik. Demonstrations also disrupted traffic around the airports in Split and Zagreb, the capital.
Protesters demanded that the U.S.-based ride-hailing company’s app be banned, and claimed that it has been operating illegally in the country for two years. There were also similar protests by Croatia’s taxi drivers against Uber in June.
Local media reported scuffle at the Dubrovnik protest, saying four taxi drivers were hurt.
The Croatian transport minister Oleg Butkovic criticized the protest and urged taxi drivers to end it. He said the government is preparing new legislation to address the Uber problem.
Croatian TV also quoted Uber in Croatia calling Friday’s protest “absolutely unacceptable and selfish.” The company reportedly said the blockade of key tourist areas is harming the country and its citizens, as well as tourists.