Uber and Gauteng Metered Taxi Council to meet on Wednesday

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As animosity grows towards Uber, the company will be meeting with the Gauteng Metered Taxi Council and MEC for Transport Ismail Vadi on Wednesday.

The meeting later this week is a continuation of the discussions, which started on Friday, aimed at finding a solution to Uber’s operating procedures in the province. The meeting was also attended by Johannesburg’s mayoral committee member for transport Christine Walters.

The Metered Taxi Council is of the opinion that Uber needs to comply with the same rules, regulations and licences as metered taxis.

Vadi said “that talks were extremely positive and held in a constructive spirit”, and that “parties agreed to take active measures to prevent any further acts of intimidation against Uber partner-drivers at pick-up points in and around the City.”

Gauteng’s roads and transport department said that those who attended the meeting agreed to “consider proposals from all stakeholders on the future registration and operations of Uber partners.”

The meeting will also discuss how current metered taxis can be incorporated into Uber, so that there will be a “balance [to] the playing field between stakeholders operating in the same transport space.”

Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.



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