WATCH: Uber drivers block 7th and 3rd Avenue in Parktown North, meter taxi drivers block OR Tambo airport routes

Uber drivers have barricaded 7th and #rd Avenue in Parktown North to protest against Uber for allegedly ‘not protecting their drivers.  Parktown Police’s Lieutenant Colonel Sandile Mkhize said police are at the scene of the protest to monitor the protesters.

Meter Taxi drivers are also blocking roads and have brought traffic to a standstill on major routes leading to the OR Tambo International Airport. The R24 west and R21 south, the roads are badly affected as the taxi drivers are reported to have staged a go-slow on the highway.It is understood that the taxi drivers are protesting against Uber, as they claim that it is taking customers away from them. The meter taxi drivers also want Uber to be regulated.

Spokesperson for the Gauteng Traffic Police, Busaphi Nxumalo said the department has taken the decision to remove the taxis that are blocking the roads, to allow traffic to flow. “We will arrest anyone and impound vehicles that continue to block our roads. What they are doing is illegal,” Nxumalo said. She added that their offices were open for drivers to come and address any grievances that they might have.
Those going to the airport to catch flights have been advised to make use of the Gautrain.

 

 

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Shanice Naidoo and Belinda Pheto

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