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Operating licences approved for CT Uber partners

Uber drivers have recently been targeted along major routes.

FILE: Angry metered taxi drivers in Sandton on Wednesday said they feared they may end up jobless because Uber doesn't adhere to the same rules as local cab drivers. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Transport Department has approved new operating licences for metered taxis including those of Uber.

The online ride-hailing service's growth in Cape Town and Johannesburg has outstripped the likes of San Francisco and London in those cities' first year.

But Uber's popularity has been met with resistance by local cab drivers who've accused it of taking away business.

Transport MEC Donald Grant's spokesperson Siphesihle Dube said, "Today the regulator approved 201 operating licences as supported by the City of Cap Town. Of those approved applications, 145 have been for Uber partners."

Meanwhile, angry metered taxi drivers in Sandton on Wednesday said they feared they may end up jobless because Uber doesn't adhere to the same rules as local cab drivers.

There have 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.

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