After we reported that Uber is planning to expand their service around the Balkans and after Bulgarian authorities shut down Uber in Sofia, Uber has launched its service in the variant of UberX, with licensed drivers working for the company as independent contractors.
According to Uber’s official page, the ride start costs 8 HRK ($1.2) with each additional kilometer costing 4 HRK ($0.6) and minute 0.5 HRK ($0.07). The minimum fee for a ride is 10 HRK ($1.5), and the cancellation fee is 15 HRK ($2.2). A policy which mimics the way how regular taxi companies charge.
This move also comes as a move to avoid the issues raised in Bulgaria and raised previously by Taxi authorities in Croatia, when the president of Radio Taxi Zagreb association Jozo Kovaevi vowed in April to â€œfight with all we canâ€ against Uber’s arrival, portal.hr reported. UberPop a service that allows pretty much everyone who owns a car to be an Uber driver is not available in the country, as it would likely be declared illegal.Â UberX on the other hand, which only employs licensed drivers, is fair game.
Netokracija reported that Uber was working closely with the city of Zagreb as well as Croatia’s Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Finance prior to launching the service. There might still be problems ahead, butÂ time will tell.