NEWSFLASH: Uber vs meter taxi war continues

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Windscreens of an Uber vehicle were smashed when a scuffle between an Uber driver and meter taxi drivers ensued on Tuesday at Gautrain Hatfield Station.

The Uber vehicle was abandoned in the middle of the road at Jan Shoba Street next to the station unattended with the passenger door widely open.

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Uber spokesperson Samantha Allenberg said she was aware of the incident and her team was ensuring that there were safe pick-ups and drop offs.

“Our security is on site as a preventative measure. The TMPD are also on site and they must take firm action against those meter taxi operators who continue these violent acts in an effort to dictate how the citizens of Gauteng choose to move around their city,” she said.

She said the authorities needed to step in and take action as it was their responsibility to maintain public order and citizen safety.

She said Uber had launched a petition for South African citizens to make their voices heard.

“Uber calls on South Africans to come together to sign the petition in order to tell Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi and Police Minister Fikile Mbalula that they need to work for the citizens of this country and ensure Uber driver-partners can continue to earn a living without fear, and consumers can choose how and with whom they travel” she said.

Allenberg said despite ongoing discussions with regulators and policy makers, most recently with the police ministry on 27 July, there had been over 200 recorded incidents against driver-partners since, and still, no meaningful intervention or arrests had been made.

Police spokesperson, Captain Kay Makhubele said the police were investigating a case of malicious damage to property.

He said meter taxi operators were planning to open a case of intimidation.

The link to their petition: https://www.change.org/p/take-a-stand-against-the-intimidation-and-violence-against-uber-driver-partners

 

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