Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi has urged Uber drivers to apply for public transport licenses, saying those who refuse will be taken off the road.
Last week Maswanganyi had a meeting with the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) declaring that Uber drivers will not obtain public transport service without the required license.
This is despite his department’s letter to metered taxi operators in which it stipulates that Uber is not included under the National Land Traffic Act which requires all public transport operators to be licensed.
Maswanganyi says that anyone who does not abide by the law will be taken off the road.
“And those which are not licensed have to be taken out of the roads. So no one will operate [this] mode of transport without a license.”
According to reports, metered taxi drivers have accused the government of nepotism; Uber was not registered under the same regulations as public transport operation.
Maswanganyi has condemned the recent attacks in taxi operation after Uber vehicles burned down.
“As much as they have got issues with those who operate in this platform called Uber, we can’t allow anybody to burn or intimidate others.”
He says a meeting is being planned with both Uber and the metered taxi groups in a bid to end the violence.