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The headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg, AP)
The headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg, AP)

Budapest - Embattled US ride-hailing service Uber announced Wednesday its first suspension in an EU country, saying its will halt operations in Hungary on July 24 because of new legislation making it "impossible" to operate.

The same day, a new law comes into force that allows the Hungarian authorities to block "a provider of taxi services operating without a proper dispatch centre" for up to one year.

An Uber statement said that the legislation passed by parliament last month "makes it impossible for Hungarian drivers, in spite of having licences and properly paying taxes, to use their own vehicles to make money".

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