Metered taxi drivers call on govt to regulate industry

The meeting follows several violent altercations recently that have even resulted in death as drivers fight each other for business.

FILE: Uber and Taxify drivers are seen on Friday 9 March 2018 protesting against the murder of one of their fellow drivers. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Metered taxi drivers and Taxify operators have voiced their grievances in the Gauteng provincial legislature, leaving policymakers with the task of creating and implementing policy in response.

The meeting follows several violent altercations recently that have even resulted in death as drivers fight each other for business. It was also an effort to come to an amicable solution to curb the violence that’s marred the industry.

The Gauteng provincial legislature’s portfolio committee on roads and transport called the meeting.

Senior representatives of law enforcement clusters across the province also attended.

Ride-hailing service Uber was supposed to attend this meeting, but its representatives couldn’t make it.

Metered taxi drivers representative Reuben Mzayiya says they don’t mind the Uber and Taxify apps but they want government to regulate prices and the industry as a whole.

“We are not against Uber in terms of operating. But because of the way they operate and due to their pricing, let’s have a fair competition.”

However, Taxify has labelled metered taxi drivers “bullies” and says they should be dealt with harshly for violence in the sector.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)