Meter Taxi Drivers Block Johannesburg Highways In Protest Against Uber And Taxify

South Africa's meter taxi drivers have blocked highways towards O.R. Tambo International Airport starting at around 5AM on 10 March 2017 in a protest against Taxify and Uber in Johannesburg.

The protest has caused major delays on the R21 and R24 highways towards the airport with traffic at most times at a standstill for several hours. The protest affected thousands of people with some having missed their flights as a result.

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Meter taxi driversdriver blocking the R21 highway towards O.R. Tambo International Airport

Some of the complaints made by the protesting drivers is that Uber and Taxify drivers do not have the required permits and insurance as required by the municipalities to operate cabs, but some Uber and Taxify drivers have come forward stating that they do have all the necessary documents and they say they, unlike meter taxi drivers, do not display their permits on their windscreens as when they do in some previous instances, meter taxi drivers end up vandalizing their cars.

Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) have said that they are trying to negotiate with airlines to delay flights in order to allow pasdengers enough time to make their flights.

Update

  • Uber drivers have subsequently gone to Uber offices in Parktown, Johannesburg to protest against Uber because they say Uber is not offering them enough protection against attacks by meter taxi drivers.

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Uber drivers protesting outside Uber offices | George Mienie

Cover Image Credit: Stolen Cars | Twitter

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