More meetings planned in bid to end violence between meter taxis, e-hailing cabs

The groups held a meeting at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on Tuesday where they voiced their grievances.

FILE: Police escort Uber taxis, metered and minibus taxis from the Sandton Central area to the impound lot after drivers failed to produce permits on 15 September 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Government, metered taxi drivers and Taxify app operators resolved to have a series of meetings in efforts to find amicable solutions to curb the violence that has marred the industry for months now.

The groups held a meeting at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on Tuesday, where they voiced their grievances.

Policy makers have been left with the task of creating and implementing policy in response to the grievances tabled by metered taxi drivers and ride hailing service companies Uber and Taxify.

The Democratic Alliance's Freed Nel says strict measures need to be implemented, fast.

“We’d like to also have somebody from the premier’s task team because they should also account.”

The African National Congress's Matume Chiloane says more meetings need to be held.

“We need to make sure that we’re meeting regularly, weekly or fortnightly.”

Senior representatives of law enforcement clusters across the province also attended the meeting and say a solution needs to be found urgently because the industry is making their jobs increasingly difficult.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)