A person driving without permission for the company Uber received the first ever valid fine. He will have to pay €200, as stems from the ruling issued by the district court in Bratislava. The court doubled the original fine imposed by the city of Bratislava, the SITA newswire reported.
The district court delivered the decision on October 12, and it became effective on October 16. The city of Bratislava fined the driver back in August, with the local police officers, who stopped the vehicle in the Petržalka borough, claiming that he did not have his vehicle marked properly.
“The vehicle was missing the yellow roof lamp with the inscription Taxi,” the district court wrote in the ruling, as quoted by SITA, adding there was neither the name of the taxi service provider on doors or the basic fare.
The car also lacked a fixed taximeter that issues confirmation about the fee payable. In addition, the driver did not have any confirmation of being a taxi driver and ran a taxi service without permission, SITA reported.
The driver also failed to show confirmation of the regular medical and psychological check that is required from taxi drivers. He kept repeating he was working for Uber.
“We can only say that to drive for Uber is providing a taxi service and the same rules that are applied to taxi drivers apply here,” said the Civil Association of Licensed Taxi Drivers, which was the first to inform about the fine, as quoted by SITA.