Uber taxis granted operating permits in Cape Town

CAPE TOWN 10 July 2015 - The Western Cape is speeding up issuing permits to the e-hailing taxi service, Uber. The drivers of 145 vehicles have now been awarded operating licences using provincial laws. Video: eNCA

CAPE TOWN - Just last month, Cape Town traffic police impounded almost 100 Uber vehicles in a weekend blitz.

The drivers didn't have public transport operating permits but this has changed with 145 permits being issued.

Provincial authorities said it’s a step closer to having laws changed so that Uber can become a legitimate form of public transport.

But the move has angered metered taxi operators.

They are accusing traffic authorities of pandering to the whims of the online company, and say government has side-lined meter cab drivers by not providing funding to develop the industry.

Transport authorities in Gauteng are also dealing with Uber.

They have met with meter cab operators to discuss their concerns and a decision on the way forward is expected soon.

* eNCA reporter Lester Kiewit filed this report. Watch the video in the gallery above.


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