E-hailing drivers block Joburg roads in protest over safety and high commission

Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) says traffic flow has been affected negatively on the M1 between Grayston and Marlboro Drive amid protests by e-hailing drivers.

Uber and Bolt (Taxify) drivers have blocked roads, calling for management to prioritise their safety. They also say they are being charged too much commission.

Uber driver Sipho says they have been attacked by members of the taxi association in the East Rand.

We can't work in East Rand. We are being shot, beaten up by taxi drivers and again it is about the abuse we get from our Bolt and Uber, more especially Bolt. The commission they are taking is too high. There are a lot of promotions that are running that are affecting us as drivers. They can't even listen to us when we speak to them.

Sipho, Uber driver

We are supposed to be submitting the memorandum in Sandton. Some of us are at the Bolt and Uber offices right now but I have heard that they have been closed and nowhere to be found.

Sipho, Uber driver

We are being robbed everyday and there is nothing they are doing. We can report that and they can't even trace their client that has robbed us and can't even talk to the taxi association in the East Rand.

Sipho, Uber driver

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