'What must we do to earn a living?'

Metered taxi drivers have accused Uber and Taxify of exploiting drivers by making rides cheap while the two companies make money from the apps they operate.

FILE: Police escort Ubers, metered and minibus taxis to be impounded in the Sandton Central area after drivers failed to produce permits 15 September 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Metered taxi drivers have vowed to carry on fighting against what they call unfair treatment by government which they accuse of not protecting their industry by allowing ride hailing services like Uber to operate freely.

Government metered taxi drivers and Taxify app operators met in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on Tuesday for a round table discussion in efforts to find amicable solutions to curb the violence that has marred the industry for months now.

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

Metered taxi drivers have accused Uber and Taxify of exploiting drivers by making rides cheap while the two companies make money from the apps they operate.

Representative Reuben Mzayiya says government has failed metered taxi drivers.

He says this has left them with no choice but to fight because they too have bills to pay.

“What must we do to earn a living? Uber is a disruptor. Why in many countries it has been banned but here in South Africa we’re being insulted when we’re fighting them?”

Taxify, meanwhile, has labelled metered taxi drivers "bullies".

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)