NAV began checking Uber drivers in Hungary to see whether they meet the requirements of “economic activity”, whether they have tax numbers and whether their tax returns are “realistic”, the online daily added. According to Index, drivers who have reported erroneously could be fined up to HUF 200,000.

Uber is keen to engage in discussions with key decision makers and is open to co-operating with the government to set up a regulatory framework that will ensure a secure, environmentally friendly, and efficient alternative to traditional taxi services, Uber’s local implementation manager Rob Khazzam told at the end of February. Uber Hungary Kft., incorporated in 2013 with a registered capital of HUF 500,000 and has a legal seat at law firm Nagy és Trócsányi Ügyvédi Iroda, a company affiliated with the current Minister of Justice, added.

Hungarian Taxi drivers protested in mid-March in Budapest against Uber, precisely the service’s free promotion announced for a weekend in that same month. The protest involved a drive through the city center ending near the Castle District, according to Hungarian blog Kettősmérce.