Relief for ride-hailing drivers caught in the middle of Cape Town’s taxi strike

Relief for ride-hailing drivers caught in the middle of Cape Town’s taxi strike

The Western Cape branch of South Africa’s taxi union has called off a strike protesting a new by-law that allowed the City of Cape Town to impound vehicles instead of fining drivers for not displaying registration plates. The new law also states that cars can be impounded if they’re unlicensed, overloaded or don’t stop when they’re instructed to do so by a police officer. Taxi operators say the by-law targets them unfairly.

The Western Cape branch of South Africa's taxi union has ended a strike that disrupted public transport and targeted ride-hailing services. The strike was organized in protest against a new by-law in Cape Town that allows the impoundment of vehicles for various offenses, including not displaying registration plates, being unlicensed, overloading, and failing to obey police instructions. Taxi operators argued that the by-law unfairly targeted them. The strike turned violent, with reports of attacks on law enforcement vehicles and other vehicles in the city. The strike caused commuters to turn to ride-hailing services, despite price surges. The taxi industry in South Africa wields significant political influence and has a history of competition and violence. Ride-hailing services have been met with resistance and attacks from the taxi industry in the past. The strike also led to the ride-hailing union joining in after their members declined to vote for the strike initially.

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