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‘Govt will not be held ransom by any transport association’

The department has stepped in to mediate an ongoing dispute between metered taxi and Uber drivers.

FILE: Metered taxi drivers are facing stiff competition from Uber, and are demanding that the cab hailing service be shut down. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Community Safety Department says government will not be held at ransom by any public transport association over who can operate on certain provincial routes.

The department has stepped in to try to mediate an ongoing dispute between metered taxi drivers and Uber drivers after the announcement that Uber will now be regulated.

Last week, an Uber driver was allegedly attacked by metered taxi drivers who want fair licensing conditions for everyone in the industry.

The department's spokesperson, Thapelo Moiloa, says both the MEC of community and roads and transport have called on the two parties to come together to through the matter without violence.

"They cannot be held at ransom to decide who must operate which route and who cannot. The safety of our commuters comes first, hence the meeting is scheduled to take place today between the two rivals and the two MECs."

LISTEN: Metered taxi drivers want Uber drivers to stop operating