Uber asks SA police for help amid rising taxi violence

Paterniano Del Favero
Luglio 17, 2017

The review calls for a new category of worker called a "dependent contractor" meaning that those Britons working for companies such as Uber and Deliveroo would receive more benefits.

Metered-taxi operators have objected to competition from Uber in cities around the world, including Paris and Jakarta.

The victim's vehicle was set alight while he was inside, leading to serious injuries, said Uber.

"We would welcome greater clarity in the law over different types of employment status", he said.

Uber drivers and Johannesburg Park Gautrain station security officers are now under attack from meter taxi drivers.

Uber has confirmed the driver's death and issued a statement. This driver-partner is a part of our community. "Our thoughts are with his family during this hard time", she said. "There is a free flow of traffic and the local police and other police members from various units have joined forces with the JMPD, and various security companies, to ensure stability and prevent and any unlawful incidents from occurring".

"Using violence and intimidation to limit consumer choice is unacceptable to us, to anyone for that matter".

An Uber driver who was seriously injured when his vehicle was set alight in Pretoria last month, has succumbed to his injuries.

In what police suspect and meter-taxi drivers' claim was retaliation for the attack on the Uber vehicle in Hatfield the day before, a meter taxi driver was set alight when his vehicle was petrol bombed in Sunnyside, Pretoria. Bystanders managed to douse the flames in the taxi before it caused any major damage.

Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo at the time confirmed all three.

Both sides argue that the feud emanates for regulations and turf.

"We are doing everything we can but Uber is not a security company and so we need the help of Law Enforcement to resolve these issues as soon as possible‚" Allenberg said.

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