Stringent regulations imposed on CT Uber drivers

MEC Donald Grant says there seem to be similar problems in other parts of the country.

FILE: Transport MEC Donald Grant. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Transport Department says it's trying to ensure Uber drivers operate within the confines of the law.

Drivers operate on a chartered licence in Johannesburg which is supposedly less onerous to obtain than a metered taxi permit, which is required in Cape Town.

Uber claims drivers who want to comply with legislation have been waiting for more than six months for operating licences in the Mother City.

MEC Donald Grant explained the province's role and said there seemed to be similar problems in other parts of the country.

"What we need to do is to regulise Uber within the metered taxi industry sector. Those are complicated issues, there are similar problems in KZN, similar problems in Gauteng and even the president of France wants to shut Uber down."

More cars belonging to Uber drivers have been impounded in the city since the beginning of January because drivers didn't have the necessary permits.

The company's Alon Lits claims there has been inconsistent interpretation of the National Land Transport Act.

"The national government has issued a practice note which states that partners should be applying for chartered service operating licences."

Lits claims drivers in Cape Town have been waiting for over six months for an operating licence because of an apparent bottleneck in issuing these permits.