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CT metered taxi drivers call for WC govt intervention

They have accused Uber drivers of operating beyond their regulations as an e-hailing service.

FILE: Metered taxi drivers marched through the Cape Town CBD on Thursday in protest against app-based service Uber. Picture: Thandiswa Twecu

CAPE TOWN - A group of Cape Town metered taxi operators have called on the Western Cape government and the City of Cape Town to intervene in their dispute with Uber.

There are fears violence could escalate after metered taxi drivers blocked off the road leading to the Cape Town International Airport on Friday and forced passengers out of Uber cars.

Last week, taxi operators protested at the municipality's offices and met with provincial Transport officials but they were not satisfied by the outcome of the meeting.

They have accused Uber drivers of operating beyond their regulations as an e-hailing service.

One taxi operator said government has to step in.

"It is a frustration and it's really boiling under. The gas is been leaked out and the more the gas spills out, the bigger the explosion, so we need to act quicker before it gets out of control."

Uber has been unavailable to comment.