CT metered taxi drivers plan to take legal action over Uber regulation

The protesting drivers say Uber operates outside metered taxi regulations and without the required permits.

FILE: A damaged vehicle is seen during a protest by metered taxi drivers against Uber in the Cape Town CBD. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Metered taxi drivers are planning to take legal action against the City of Cape Town for allowing Uber to operate in Cape Town.

Drivers staged a demonstration in the city centre yesterday which turned chaotic. Fifteen demonstrators were arrested.

The protesting drivers say Uber operates outside metered taxi regulations and without the required permits.

Metered taxi operator, Dave Drummond, says Uber is operating illegally.

"Whether you call it by telephone or call it by the Uber app, either you call a taxi to come and pick you up, when that car arrives at your front door, that car must look like metered taxi, with all the signs but because Uber's business models only allows unmarked vehicle and that doesn't fit into our regulations."

At least one metered taxi vehicle was towed away by city traffic officials, while several drivers were arrested for refusing to disperse after staging an illegal gathering in the heart of the city centre.

One driver explained they're demanding a change to legislation of Uber drivers.

"They are not regulated. They don't have permits, but nothing is happening. The minister doesn't care about it so that's why people are doing this."

The drivers say they'll continue their fight against Uber, who they feel is stealing their livelihoods.