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Uber condemns metered taxi policy

Uber says the policy around metered taxi operations is complicated and many of its driver partners.

This week, the Western Cape transport department approved 145 metered taxi operating licence applications from Uber partner drivers. Picture: Uber.com.

CAPE TOWN- Uber says the policy around metered taxi operations is complicated and many of its driver partners are bogged down by the system.

This week, the Western Cape transport department approved 145 metered taxi operating licence applications from Uber partner drivers.

The online ride-hailing service, has taken off in South Africa since its launch in 2013 but its popularity has sparked tension in the cab industry both in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Uber Cape Town general manager Jonathan Ayache said, "The Western Cape government has issued 145 vehicle operating permits but with more than 1,000 city supported applications. Many drivers remain stuck in this complex system with no clarity on the status of their permits."

Meanwhile, transport analysts Paul Browning believes the solution lies with an amendment to the National Transport Act.

"It makes specific provision for Uber type services. It calls an electronic sailing and that will solve the problem."