Prague taxi drivers stage massive protest against ‘undercut competition’

Prague taxi drivers staged their biggest protest so far in the centre of the city against what they describe as unfair competition from drivers using Uber and other similar applications.

An estimated 1,500 to 2,000 drivers congregated on the edge of the city on Thursday morning with the aim to stage a go slow snail protest in the centre in the early afternoon. The protest ended around the middle of the afternoon.

Minister of Transport Dan Ťok condemned the protest and said he would not meet protest leaders before an already agreed date later in the month.

The latest protest is part of a series undertaken by so-called official drivers who have to pay the city for their licenses and obey other rules. They say competition from unofficial drivers is undercutting their business. The drivers have been pressing city and national authorities to put both types of taxi drivers on the same footing.