Bratislava, Slovakia – Uber resumed its operations in Bratislava on Thursday this week, the company announced via a statement, one year after a court ruling banned the taxi service from operating in the country.
“We’re glad that we can return to Bratislava with a fully licensed service currently available in the Uber app”, Ash Kebriti, general manager for Central and Eastern Europe, stated.
In March 2018, a Bratislava court ordered Uber to suspend all its operations in Slovakia following protests from taxi drivers, on the legal grounds that the service amounted to unfair competition.
Since then, new legislation was passed to allow Uber to operate in Slovakia as long as its drivers meet a number of requirements and conditions similar to those required of professional taxi drivers.
Bratislava, but also Slovakia’s eastern capital of Kosice where Uber won’t be available, are gearing up to host the World championship in ice hockey next month, a major sporting event supposed to attract tens of thousands of visitors.
Slovakia is not the only country where the US-based taxi service has faced judicial roadblocks: both Poland and the Czech Republic are considering tightening current regulations to force Uber to use only licensed drivers as both countries face growing popular discontent on the issue.