Uber says it will improve conditions for United Kingdom drivers

Ivan Schwartz
July 17, 2017

Tensions between the two modes of transport have seen incidents of protests, petrol-bombing, national strikes and two women being physically removed from an Uber vehicle by meter taxi drivers.

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.

"Those vehicles are not licensed to operate in certain areas and it gives the impression that Uber drivers can do as they wish", he said.

Meanwhile, Samantha Allenberg, Uber spokesperson, said they are aware of the intimidation against driver-partners and riders at Gautrain Stations across Gauteng.

She noted that drivers using the Uber app have access to a 24/7 local emergency line to use in the event they feel unsafe. This driver-partner is a part of our community.

The driver was brutally attacked on 10 June in Sunnyside. "Our thoughts are with his family during this hard time", she said.

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Mothapo said, "We are not going to hesitate to arrest any perpetrators who break the law".

It said that in the time being it would continue to provide additional security measures around the stations, but noted that Uber was "not a security company" and needed law enforcement and the police minister to get involved and help solve the issue as soon as possible.

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

Police say metered taxi drivers need to take their objections on Uber up with the relevant transport authorities.

Since arriving in South Africa in 2013, Uber drivers have faced regular violence and intimidation from traditional meter-taxi operators, who accused them of stealing their jobs.

"The police have not been helpful at all and we chose to start the petition because we need the public's help", she said.

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