Metered taxi drivers insist Uber gets 'special treatment'

MEC Ismail Vadi is accused of sidelining metered taxis when he made a decision to license Uber in Gauteng.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Metered taxi drivers in Johannesburg say they simply want government to even out the playing field in their industry.

They have accused Transport MEC Ismail Vadi of sidelining them when he made a decision to license Uber drivers in Gauteng.

Yesterday, drivers demonstrated in the Johannesburg CBD while Vadi announced the new terms for Uber operations.

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The Johannesburg Regional Metered Taxi Council says while it can't force government to ban Uber drivers, it does want them to be subjected to the same standards.

Chairperson Fred Skhosana says the council believes those working under Uber have been given special treatment.

"We are talking about the treatment and are saying… why do they apply different standards? It is because when you talk about something that is American, then everyone sneezes? Maybe it's because Uber is an American model of operation."

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