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Uber SA working to reduce legal ambiguity

The service says it’s been working with authorities to eliminate legal ambiguity around its drivers.

The online ride-hailing service Uber. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Uber says it's offering all necessary support to its drivers to ensure they are regulated within the deadlines set by the Transport Department.

The service has launched the new cash payment system across five cities, but the launch comes amid tensions with the metered taxi industry, which has seen Uber drivers intimidated and in some cases attacked.

Uber's Alon Lits says they've been working with regulatory boards for two years to remove the legal ambiguity around its drivers.

"Let's remove the ambiguity and clear up the process to apply for an operating licence. The requirements for the process for the metered taxi drivers are the same and we don't feel there is any special treatment."