Uber and Meter Taxi Feud Claims Life of Driver

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 17, 2017

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

Taxi app Uber said it will be improving an offer to drivers and would welcome greater legal clarity about different types of employment in Britain, in response to a government review into the gig economy published on Tuesday. This driver-partner is a part of our community.

"He was attacked by a small group of unknown individuals and his auto was set alight while he was in the vehicle, leading to him sustaining serious injuries", said Uber SA spokesperson Samantha Allenberg in a statement.

"Our hearts and thoughts are with his family during this hard time and we will continue to offer our support.We are assisting the police in their investigation in every way possible".

Allenberg said they had been in touch with the family since the incident had occurred and that they "are supporting them where possible".

The police's Kay Makhubela says the violence is endangering the lives of the very people the taxi groups are meant to serve.

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

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

The man was parked on a street in the capital Pretoria at night when his vehicle was set alight and he suffered severe burns, Uber Africa said in a statement.

Clashes broke out between the two groups at the Sandton Gautrain station on Monday afternoon, with metered taxi drivers accusing Uber of operating illegally.

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

Uber said it was aware of reports of intimidation against its drivers: "We're working with private security, police and relevant stakeholders to resolve the issue as soon as possible".

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