Sources from index.hr, have indicated that the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure is about to ban Uber in Croatia.
The final decision is yet to be passed by the court, but if the decision is approved then this would be the first app to be banned in the history of Croatia.
Uber, has been active in Croatia in the form of UberX, which licenses drivers to be working for the company as independent contractors. Reports from the past have shown that the company has been working with the city of Zagreb as well as Croatia’s Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Finance prior to launching the service. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.
The Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure of Croatia said that “Taxpayers have threatened to block airports, highways and other infrastructure” which according to the Minister is the voice of the citizens to proceed against Uber and demand a measure to ban their operations in the country.
Taxi drivers protest against Uber
Hundreds of Croatian taxi drivers on Wednesday blocked one of the capital’s main boulevards with their cars to protest against Uber services in the country.
They demanded that the ride-hailing company’s application be banned, claiming it has been operating illegally in the country for two years.
There are an estimated 5,000 Uber drivers in Croatia, offering cheaper prices than ordinary taxi services. Some 100,000 Croats use the Uber application.
The company has recently introduced its UberBoat service on the Croatian Adriatic coast, offering trips from the resorts of Split, Dubrovnik, and Hvar to nearby islands.