Taxi drivers in Bulgaria have vowed to start mass demonstrations unless Uber Bulgaria is banned from operating, an open letter of a trade union reads.
According to the Union Taxi, the company, which has been active in Bulgaria (mostly in the capital capital Sofia) since December of last year, is violating the country's legislation.
Joy and dismay greeted the arrival on Wednesday in Romania of the increasingly popular car-sharing service UberX, which aims to provide alternative and cheap transportation services.
UberX, a smartphone application that connects passengers to car drivers willing to provide transport services for a small fee, was launched in Bucharest.
Uber, the mobile app for ride sharing and car hiring has launched operations in Sofia.
According to the official information, the fare per kilometre is BGN 0.4 - about half as cheap as the fares of the regular taxi companies. The initial fee is BGN 0.7, the fee for one minute of stay is BGN 0.2. The cancellation fee is BGN 3. The minimum fare is also BGN 3.