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GP Community Safety Dept intervenes in Uber, metered taxi dispute

The department has stepped in to try and mediate in the ongoing dispute after the recent attacks.

Uber drivers were attacked in Sandton, allegedly by metered drivers. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Community Safety Department says tensions between metered taxi operators and Uber drivers cannot continue and it's time for a resolution.

The department has stepped in to try and mediate in the ongoing dispute after the recent announcement that Uber will now be regulated.

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

The departments spokesperson, Thapelo Moiloa, says it's time for the parties to come together to find an amicable solution, through mediated talks with the department.

"We're hoping that we'll be able to conclude it as soon as possible so that we can also find closure on the matter. Lessons were learned in the incident and going forward we can be able to make sure that this kind of incidence doesn't occur again."

Yesterday, the department said government would not be held at ransom by any public transport association over who can operate on certain provincial routes.

Moiloa said 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."