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Meter taxi drivers vow to claim taxi industry from Uber

Operators say Uber is not operating according to industry standards and the competition is unfair.

FILE: Metered taxi drivers meet at the OR Tambo airport to discuss their way forward from after they blocked main roads to the airport in protest of Uber. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Meter taxi drivers say they will claim the taxi industry back from Uber but need government to assist.

Operators blocked highways on Friday calling for Uber to be banned.

They say Uber is not operating according to industry standards and the competition is unfair.

The operators say numerous efforts to have Uber subjected to the same regulations have failed.

Meter Taxi Association's Reuben Mzayiya says they want to dominate the market again.

“This is the beginning for metered taxi drivers until they claim their territory and reclaim their business.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)