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‘Uber will leave us jobless'

Metered taxi drivers fear they’ll lose their jobs if Uber doesn't adhere to the same rules.

Uber taxi. Picture: Uber.com

JOHANNESBURG - Angry metered taxi drivers in Sandton said they fear they may end up jobless because Uber doesn't adhere to the same rules as local cab drivers.

There've been several cases of intimidation recently in which Uber drivers have been targeted along major routes.

On Tuesday, metered taxi operators met with Johannesburg Transport MMC Christine Walters to discuss regulations and policy issues in the industry.

Several metered taxi drivers said Uber is killing their business because the online cab hailing service is operating on its own terms.

"You'll find that we in the field will be charging R150 and Uber will charge R10. It's killing our business. If you see how many metered taxis are in Johannesburg, those people are going to be out of jobs."

They've called for Uber to join the Taxi Council and be regulated like local cab drivers.

Meanwhile, the online cab hailing service has said the taxi industry must be open to change as technological advances in public transport need to be complimented by appropriate regulations.

LISTEN: Uber's GM in the SADC region, Alon Lits, discusses issues facing Uber drivers after some were allegedly threatened by meter taxi drivers over shared routes in Sandton and other lucrative areas.

At the same time, the City of Johannesburg said it will continue engaging with taxi industry role players to create a healthy working environment.

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