A person with a criminal record does not have a license to drive a taxi.
Thirteen traffic laws were amended by a decision of Parliament on Friday. The changes initiated by the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (ITM) will, among other things, make it possible to screen taxi drivers with a criminal record in order to clean up the market and protect passengers.
In its communication to MTI, the Ministry explains that the amendment of the Act on Passenger Transport Services may reduce the number of violations of legislation to the detriment of passengers, improve the social perception of the taxi profession and the quality of services.
The amendment has full sectoral support, and the introduction of the requirement of a criminal record into law is considered necessary and advocated by taxi interest groups as well as the authorities. In addition to the effective protection of Hungarian passengers, the measure can also contribute to the fact that tourists arriving in Hungary from abroad do not get their first impressions of Hungary from taxi ranks operating near airports and main railway stations, they added.
The new regulation does not unreasonably and disproportionately restrict the fundamental right to free choice of occupation, as it lists only criminal offenses relevant to the exercise of the profession, the ministry points out. In the future, the transport authority may request the data required for the issuance of a driving license from the criminal record system, thus not increasing the administrative burden for applicants.
The amendment will only affect drivers with a valid passenger transport card for up to five years in the longer term, who will have to comply with the regulation when the next card is issued, they have indicated.
Similarly, the provision that the National Tax and Customs Administration (NAV) may request data from public area inspectorates in order to perform its tasks related to the electronic road traffic control system (ekaer) operated by it serves to whiten the economy. This will ensure that the actual journey of the goods can be traced as fully as possible.
According to the announcement, Nemzeti Útdíjfizetési Szolgáltató Zrt. Is authorized to access the vehicle registration data in addition to its inspection tasks in order to facilitate fast and convenient online administration. This will allow you to easily and efficiently provide additional services to citizens and businesses through a customizable administration interface (SUF). As such, you can be sure at the time of sale that the right category of road use right has been exchanged for that vehicle.
After the deployment of electronic services, this will make it possible in the future to exclude the imposition of a surcharge due to license plate or category loss, ITM pointed out.
Revenues from domestic electronic tolling systems are crucial pillars for the development and safe maintenance of the state-owned national road network. The amendment will make the maintenance and operation of motor vehicles more predictable by setting the highest legal framework for incorporating the inflationary effect into the system. The most important benefit of the annual calculation of tolls is that it is more predictable for road users, and in particular hauliers, to change costs.
According to the statement, László Mosóczi, Secretary of State for Transport Policy, said: “Transport has a significant impact on economic development, the competitiveness of businesses and people’s quality of life. Regular review of sectoral regulations will help ensure that practical experience is reflected in the highest standards The Ministry of Innovation shall finalize the relevant detailed rules at the level of regulations on the basis of a legal mandate. “