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Bad News for Zagreb Taxi Drivers as Uber Plans to Enter Croatia

PanoramaA shake up for taxi drivers in the Croatian capital with news that taxi-hailing company Uber could soon enter the Zagreb market…

According to portal Netokracija, the mobile-app-based transportation network which allows customers to submit a trip request, which is then routed to crowd-sourced private drivers, will present their intentions to enter Croatia at the OMGcommerce regional conference in Zagreb in May. Uber has recently expanded into Bucharest, Vienna and Warsaw, and Croatia is their next target with Uber’s ‘International Launcher’ Rob Khazzam already visiting Zagreb.

Uber, which is currently available in over 50 countries and more than 200 cities worldwide, has been controversial with many governments and taxi companies protesting, alleging that its use of unlicensed, crowd-sourced drivers was unsafe and illegal. Any driver with a valid drivers licence can apply to be a driver.

It is estimated that Uber, founded by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp as UberCab in 2009, will generate 10 billion USD in revenue by the end of 2015.

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