Metered taxi drivers demand answers from Vadi and Makhura over Uber

Meter taxi drivers say they're unhappy with how the Department of Transport has handled the registration and licensing of Uber drivers.

This follows the announcement by the Gauteng Transport MEC, Ismael Vadi, that Uber drivers have 30 days to register with the department, under the same category as Metered taxi operators.

Disgruntled metered taxi drivers blocked the entrance to the Department of Transport building in Johannesburg CBD and chased Vadi out of the building.

Drivers say the department didn't consult with them before making the decision.

Speaking on the Afternoon Drive, Vadi told Xolani Gwala, that drivers were intimidating and they didn't say anything.

He says government will only meet drivers if they are peaceful.

Listen to the conversation below...

Xolani also spoke to Emily Corke, EWN reporter, to find out about the drivers' demands.

They don't want Uber to operate along the routes they do . They say even if Uber is regulated, it still doesn't meet the same terms as they do, therefore it's still unfair business.

Emily Corke, EWN reporter

And even if the meter taxi drivers were to operate along the same terms as Uber drivers do, they still wouldn't be able to afford it.

Emily Corke, EWN reporter

So, the basic gripe from my understanding is that Uber drivers are taking a business from them and they don't want them to be regulated to be able to do that.

Emily Corke, EWN reporter

Listen to the conversation below...

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