Dept working to resolve impasse between metered taxi drivers, Uber & Tuk-Tuks

This follows a protest by hundreds of meter taxi drivers this week against the operation of Uber and Tuk–Tuks.

A Tuk Tuk in Sandton. Picture: Reinhart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Tshwane Roads and Transport Department says it’s working on finding a way to ensure that meter taxi drivers are able to fairly compete with Uber operators.

The department says it’s liaising with the provincial department to find a way forward.

This follows a protest by hundreds of meter taxi drivers this week against the operation of Uber and Tuk–Tuks.

The department says Tuk-Tuks drivers were given a two-year permit as a trial to see whether they could be incorporated into the transport system.

It says their permit will be reviewed by the end of this year.

Tshwane MMC of roads and transport Sheila Senkubuge says, “For ourselves as the city, we’ve been engaging with the metered taxi operators especially since the new administration started, we’ve been speaking to them to know what their concerns are.

“We’ve been looking into the licensing on the Tuk-Tuks operators.”