201 metred taxi operating licenses have been approved by the Provincial Regulatory Entity (PRE) in the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works.
145 of these were applications from Uber partner drivers.
(Also read our article: "The people want Uber in the City" - Alon Lits, Uber SA's General Manager)
When considering the operating license applications, the PRE followed a period of consideration which included engagements with the City of Cape Town and following guidelines prescribed by the National Land Transport Act (NLTA).
Western Cape Transport and Public Works MEC Donald Grant says that despite Uber partners receiving operating licenses, the service itself is not prescribed by the NLTA.
When this new technology came, we realised it didn’t fall into a nice neat little box as prescribed by the NLTA. We started lobbying for a change to that. We're not only advocating for a change at national level; the City is being proactive in terms of looking at a bylaw as well.— Donald Grant, Western Cape MEC for Transport and Public Works
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