South Africa - Apps driven taxi services under scrutiny
21 July 2017
The Department of Transport says it is finalising the National Land Transport Act Amendment Bill, which will require taxi services on mobile and other applications to have operating licences.
The Minister of Transport, Joe Maswanganyi and the Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, held a meeting to discuss the escalating violent attacks on Uber drivers yesterday.
On Monday, an Uber driver succumbed to his injuries, more than a month after he was attacked in Pretoria. His vehicle was petrol bombed outside the Loftus Versfeld stadium in June. The circumstances around his death are still under investigation.
Transport spokesperson, Ismael Mnisi, says the Act will ensure no person operate a public transport service without an operating license.
“We have a feasible number of Uber operators who have licenses but the majority of them do not have licenses. The minister will meet Uber operators together with the Meter Taxi Associations to deal with the legitimacy of their operations, ” he says.
Mnisi says despite Uber being an App, operators still need permits.
"We acknowledge that Uber is an App, but they are participating in the public transport sector. Those operators need to have a permit because they carry memebers of the public. If they want to operate in public transport their drivers must have permits," says Mnisi.