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Metered taxi drivers say joining Uber is not a viable option

The council’s Fred Skhosana says he believes following the Uber model will restrict entrepreneurial freedom.

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 - The Johannesburg Regional Metered Taxi Council says for most of its members, joining Uber is not a viable option as it will threaten their ability to be completely self-employed.

This week metered taxi drivers protested in the Johannesburg CBD, voicing their dissatisfaction with the licensing of Uber drivers.

They have accused the Transport Department of side-lining them and giving Uber drivers special treatment.

LISTEN: _Metered taxi drivers want Uber drivers to stop operating. _

The taxi council says some metered taxi operators create employment by hiring other people to operate their fleet.

The council's Fred Skhosana says he believes following the Uber model will restrict entrepreneurial freedom and limit job creation.

"If I subject myself to be employed by Uber where I won't have a say, it defeats the purpose of saying job creation."

Metered taxi drivers say they want those working with Uber to be subjected to the same standards they follow.

They say while they can't force government to scrap Uber the playing field needs to be evened out.