Following the ongoing intimidation of Uber drivers by meter taxi operators in Johannesburg, we consider the bigger implications Uber has on the taxi industry.
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Ayub Baker, former chairman of the Western Cape Metered Taxi Council says that the manner in which Uber have entered the market is the biggest challenge to the metered taxi industry.
80 to 90% of metered taxi companies have experience a negative impact on their turnover.— Ayub Baker, former chairman of the Western Cape Metered Taxi Council
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Baker says that the service has resulted in less income for metered taxi operators, preventing them from being able to invest in the industry.
It drives incentive down for us to invest in the industry, and in the long run the industry standards will drop.— Ayub Baker, former chairman of the Western Cape Metered Taxi Council
Listen to the full conversation on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: