Claims of unlicensed Uber drivers leads to protest

A protest by metered taxi drivers against the Uber operation in Cape Town led to the arrest of 15 drivers yesterday.

The protesting drivers say Uber operates outside metered taxi regulations and without the required permits.

The Western Cape Metered Taxi Council said while they do not condone the violence, Uber is stealing their livelihoods, and the provincial government has been silent.

One of their main concerns is operating licences granted to Uber drivers, while metered taxi drivers still await permits.

Aldino Miller, chairperson of the Western Cape Metered Taxi Council and Donald grant, MEC for Transport and Public Works, join CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies to discuss the issue.

We don't condone any protesting that is not legal. We had one legal protest and that was in 2015. Unfortunately, the Council is not in control of people's behavior when they are economically struggling, and this is their frustrations coming through.

Aldino Muller, Chairperson of the Western Cape Metered Taxi Council

Miller says he will not point fingers at anyone in particular responsible for yesterday's violent protests, but insists the council is not behind it. He says it appears to be a group of unsatisfied owners.

They have had meetings with us in the past few weeks. We have tried to settle them, but unfortunately they are not taking any excuses or playing for time. They want decisions to be made.

Aldino Muller, Chairperson of the Western Cape Metered Taxi Council

He says the Western Cape Metered Taxi council is not in a position to make these decisions.

We're in a dialogue with not only the Metered Taxi Council, but also with the City. I originally met with the Metered Taxi Council on the 20th June, and followed up as promised, with a media release, to make the issues clear, and then met with the City on 27th June.

Donald Grant, W Cape MEC Transport and Public Works

Listen to the full conversation below:

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