Metered taxi drivers: We’ve reached boiling point over Uber

Metered taxi drivers in Johannesburg say they are angry that Uber drivers are operating illegally.

Meter taxi drivers have blocked roads in the Johannesburg CBD during a demonstration against the Gauteng transport MEC Ismail Vadi. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Metered taxi drivers say they have reached boiling point in their ongoing dispute with the transport department over taxi hailing service Uber.

Some taxi drivers say the department has side-lined them in the decision to regulate Uber drivers in Gauteng, after MEC Ismail Vadi made the announcement this morning.

Earlier, the drivers parked their cars outside Gauteng government buildings and were seen chasing Vadi out the building, demonstrating against the regulations.

Metered taxi drivers say they are angry that Uber drivers are operating illegally and they have rejected the department's efforts to regulate the service.

Metered taxi driver Moses Sebadi says they now want Premier David Makhura to address the issue, as the transport department has failed them.

"We want the premier to stop the operation of Uber."

Another driver, Sam Mudau, says there is no chance that they can co-exist with Uber drivers because their prices are simply too low.

"When Uber came into this country, they came [through] the backdoor. They came without a permit [and] dropped the price down."

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Meanwhile, Premier Makhura has condemned the actions of metered taxi drivers.

The premier has confirmed that metered taxi drivers accosted the transport as he was leaving a briefing today.

The premier's spokesperson Pumla Sekhonyane says, "The premier has said that the provincial government will not tolerate hooliganism or intimidation by any group or individual in the pursuit to build an integrated, affordable and modernised transport system."

The premier's office says the provincial government is willing to discuss the matter but only in a peaceful and orderly manner.