Joburg metered taxi drivers say granting Uber licenses will kill their industry

Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC, Ismail Vadi's decision to issue operating licenses to Uber has angered metered taxi drivers.

The metered taxi drivers claim that the decision was unfair and would kill their businesses.

702's Stephen Grootes (standing-in for John Robbie) spoke to chairman of Johannesburg Regional Metered Taxi Association Fred Skhosana, regarding their grievances.

Listen to the conversation below:

The MEC was supposed to interact with meter taxi leader structure. The law is not being applied evenhandedly.

Fred Skhosana,Johannesburg Regional Metered Taxi Association

There are cases where applying for licenses is done differently, Uber are being given preferential treatment.

Fred Skhosana,Johannesburg Regional Metered Taxi Association

Meter taxis are aware that Uber is killing the industry... They are giving the operating licenses willy-nilly and they are encroaching on the territory of meter taxi drivers.

Fred Skhosana,Johannesburg Regional Metered Taxi Association

Stephen also spoke to General Manager of Uber SA, Alon Lits, regarding his thoughts surrounding the issue.

We see this is a positive step forward Stephen. It was definitely an acknowledgement that regulation was definitely lacking innovation.

Alon Lits, Uber SA General Manager

We have been engaging for close to a year now with various associations to try to show them the benefits that technology brings. There is a lot of misinformation out there.

Alon Lits, Uber SA General Manager
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