Sometime after 2:00 this afternoon traffic in areas throughout much of central Budapest is likely to get really bad, owing to a planned “strike” by taxi drivers against a pending overall of regulations that will see hundreds or even thousands of taxis slowly parading through the city. Whether tying up the streets of the city they are allegedly serving is a legitimate way for them to air their grievances is an open question, at least compared to the approach apparently taken by the company that used to have the monopoly on taxi service from Budapest’s main airport.
Late last month the former head of Zóna Taxi, the company that won a contract in 2006 from Budapest Airport (BA) to be exclusive operator of taxi services at the airport, was detained by police on suspicion of fraud and bribery. István Veres allegedly paid bribes – including HUF 11 million in cash as well as a car and the services of prostitutes – to three airport executives in 2009 in a conspiracy that caused the operator of the airport losses of HUF 671 million. Police also arrested the three BA managers, who are currently being questioned by authorities, assuming they are not stuck in traffic. [index.hu]