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Taxi Licenses to Become Conditional On Clean Criminal Record

Hungary Today 2020.07.06.

The National Assembly passed an amendment on Friday stipulating that only those without a prior criminal record will be allowed to work as taxi drivers.

The aim of the law is to exclude drivers with a criminal record from the market of personal passenger-transport services.

The regulation is expected to reduce the number of infringements committed to the detriment of passengers during taxi services, while also improving the social image of taxi drivers and their quality of service.

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The Ministry for Innovation and Technology, responsible for the amendment, emphasized in a statement that the new legislation does not unduly and disproportionately restrict the fundamental right to ‘freedom to choose an occupation’, as it only lists offenses related to the pursuit of the profession.

The amendment will only affect drivers with a valid passenger transport license after their current permit expires. They will have to comply with the requirement if they wish to renew their license.

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