Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, must act swiftly to defuse the growing tension between metered taxi drivers and Uber operators before more acts of violence, like those seen in Sandton where shots were fired at an Uber driver today, take place.
Earlier this week, MEC Vadi took positive steps to bring Uber drivers in to the transport fold by registering them as licensed operators. In doing so, Uber drivers will now be operating within the boundaries of the law while providing a useful, safe and innovative service to Gauteng’s residents.
MEC Vadi must engage with law enforcement agencies to ensure those perpetrating violence are arrested and thrown in jail.
Some metered taxi drivers however have displayed their grievances with this process. Their views should be taken up with the MEC through the correct channels of communication and not by violence.
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport
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