Over the past year, Uber has changed the way it does business across the world. Under the leadership of our new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, we’ve set a course for more responsible growth with a focus to build long-term partnerships with cities. The return to Bratislava is an example of that.
A little more than a year ago, we suspended our operations in Bratislava. Since then, Slovakia passed new regulations which recognize mobility options such as Uber and other mobility apps, thus providing better choice for Slovakian citizens and economic opportunities for entrepreneurs.
We are thrilled to return to Bratislava with a fully licensed service now available on the Uber app. The ways people move around cities is changing around the world and Slovakia is leading the way with its new regulations. We will continue to engage with local stakeholders as we develop services that address Slovakia’s growing transportation needs and shape the future of urban mobility in a responsible way
Over the last months, we have worked hard to prepare for the relaunch under the new regulations with a fully licensed service and we are thrilled by the response we got from drivers. Supporting them in the best possible way to help them run through the process of acquiring the necessary licenses and getting on the road is going to be a priority for us in the coming weeks and months.
Slovak people have not forgotten about Uber: since March last year, more than 250,000 people have opened the Uber app without our service being available and Slovakians have done over 436,000 trips in countries abroad.
Our launch today is not by chance. We wanted to be back just in time for the Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships and serve the people of Bratislava and the tens of thousands of people who came to town for this competition.
Happy to be back!
Ash Kebriti, Uber General Manager, Central and Eastern Europe