Metered taxi drivers demand Uber's removal

Metered taxi drivers demanding the removal of Uber handed over a list of demands to the Transport Department.

Johannesburg metered taxi services in Sandton. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Metered taxi drivers demanding the removal of ride hailing service Uber have handed over a list of demands to the provincial Transport Department.

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

The group staged a march in the Johannesburg CBD today against Uber, which they claim is operating illegally.

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Reuben Mzayiya owns a metered taxi company in Johannesburg and says Uber is not regulated.

"We understand that some will be regulated but we don't need that."

The Johannesburg Taxi Council task teams Jim Mathabane says Uber is not operating according to the laws of the taxi industry.

"When we see them they operate like meter taxis. They are doing the same job but the permit is different."

The group has handed over a list of demands to officials at the department and has given it 14 days to respond.


Metered taxi drivers warned the taxi service to stop operating in the country or they will resort to extreme measures.

Uber general manager Alon Lits says Uber is operating legally but did explain there are some loop holes in the current legislation.

Meanwhile, metered taxi operators say they will continue to protest if their demands aren't met.


Last year, Uber said the policy around metered taxi operations is complicated and many of its driver partners are bogged down by the system.

The Western Cape transport department approved 145 metered taxi operating licence applications from Uber partner drivers.

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."