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Western Cape Metered Taxi Council responds to flak from Uber fans

Tensions within the transport industry have risen in recent months with the increasing usage of the online cab-hailing service Uber.

(Also read our article: Metered Taxi associate says Uber is denting income of professional drivers)

Uber South Africa has faced a lot of heat over controversy surrounding the operating licences of their partner drivers and the disruption to the metered taxi market.

(Also read our article: Uber SA sets the record straight on their business model and other concerns)

The metered cab industry has been vocal about their disapproval of the service and has been fighting to get Uber drivers to comply with South African regulation that governs the metered taxi industry and the Western Cape Transport Department recently approved 145 taxi operating licence applications from Uber partner drivers.

WATCH: Over 100 metered taxi drivers marched to Western Cape Transport MEC Donald Grant’s offices to protest against Uber.

Meanwhile many public transport users have expressed their dissatisfaction with the existing standard of service offered by metered taxis; citing high costs, poor safety and inconvenience as part of their move to the opposition.

CapeTalk presenter Kieno Kammies spoke with Aldino Muller, Chairman of the Western Cape Metered Taxi council and David Drummond, the Vice chairman:

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Western Cape signs off on taxi licences for Uber partners

Western Cape signs off on taxi licences for Uber partners

The Western Cape Transport Department has approved 145 taxi operating licence applications from Uber partner drivers.

Metered Taxi associate says Uber is denting income of professional drivers

Metered Taxi associate says Uber is denting income of professional drivers

The Uber app has caused a disturbance to the taxi industry the world over, with many taxi drivers protesting about the intrusion.

How Uber is changing public transport (and why taxis are running scared)

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Uber is a serious threat to the public transport status quo here and everywhere else.

Taxi drivers oppose "unfair competition" from Uber

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Uber plans to create 15K jobs in SA (if it weren't for regulatory constraints)

Uber has created 2000 jobs since launching and want to create 15 000 more. However, it faces severe regulatory constraints.

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