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Metered taxi drivers vowed to fight tooth and nail to protect their space

Transport minister Joe Maswanganyi says anyone who operates without a valid permit will face the full might of the law.

He’s held talks with representatives from Uber and metered taxis.

The minister and taxi operators have denounced the recent violence.

Authorities are attempting to calm tensions between Uber and metered taxi drivers.

The battle for passengers between these two groups has led to bloodshed, chaos, and anarchy.

But, metered taxi drivers remain steadfast in their demand that Uber shouldn’t operate in the country.

They maintain that the app-operated transport service is killing their business.

The government is in the process of amending the National Land Transport Act.


Uber strike

The changes will make sure that all taxi operators are regulated and comply with the laws.

“Following this meeting, law enforcement agencies will monitor all the identified hotspots to prevent acts of intimidation and violence,” said Maswanganyi.

Police have had their hands full trying to contain the battle for passengers and routes.

They’ve reiterated their commitment to dealing with anyone who disregards the law.

“We will not hesitate to deal with anyone who is breaking the law and we want all stakeholders to work with us,” said Nobesuthu Masiya of the Gauteng SAPS.

An Uber driver was killed in Pretoria earlier this month after his car was firebombed.

Thursday’s gathering forms part of trying to find a permanent solution that will satisfy all parties.

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