Questions raised about meter taxi licencing regulations
Uber drivers have faced intimidation in Sandton and other major routes in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
JOHANNESBURG - As metre taxi drivers wait for provincial government to step in and resolve their grievances with Uber, questions are being raised about better licencing regulations by the department.
Taxi operators met with Johannesburg transport MMC Christine Walters on Tuesday afternoon to discuss regulations and policy issues that have left them furious.
Uber drivers have faced intimidation in Sandton and other major routes in Johannesburg and Cape Town by metered taxi drivers who say the online app competes unfairly for business.
Quirk CEO Justin Pratt said, "It's been a rapid change and the fact that it's such a good service means that this adoption is happening at a fast clip and regulation is not keeping up with that innovation."
Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal transport MEC Willies Mchunu has strongly condemned a shooting of four striking truck drivers in Pietermaritzburg.
Two drivers were reportedly shot dead while two others were wounded sleeping in their vehicles on a field near a police station on Monday.
The MEC's spokesperson Sipho Khumalo said, "He has asked workers to conduct their strike peacefully and he has asked anyone with information to come forward so the police can investigate the matter."