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Uber seeks to end battle with metered taxi drivers

The company says competition between its service and metered taxi operators needs to come to an end.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Following a day of running battles between Uber and metered taxi drivers, the cab hailing company says there are partnerships in place to empower drivers who want to join its service but can't afford to.

The company says competition between its service and metered taxi operators needs to come to an end.

Yesterday Uber drivers were attacked in Sandton, allegedly by metered taxi drivers, who want fair licensing conditions for all in the industry.

Four people were injured.

WATCH: Shots fired as police respond to Uber protest

Uber subsequently suspended its services in the area.

The company's Alon Lits says they want to engage with taxi drivers, but they can only do so once violence comes to an end.

"They can put up a profile on the Uber platform if they can't qualify for traditional finance and then qualify for fees from WesBank which is extremely competitive."

However, earlier this week drivers said joining Uber was not a viable option as it threatens their ability to be completely self-employed.

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.