E-hailing service drivers protest permits and a lack of safety

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Commuters making use of e-hailing services might be left stranded as the sector threatens strike action for today.

E-hailing drivers in the Western Cape, Gauteng, and the Free State are demanding that companies operating under Bolt and Uber be regulated and protected from exploitation.

They add that they are also being neglected. E-hailing drivers spokesperson Vhatuka Mnelengwa says in light of it being transport month, they are hopeful their demands will be met.

E-hailing drivers complain about an over-supply of drivers without the necessary regulations and permits in place. They also raise issue with a lack of safety.

Western Cape Transport MEC, Bonginkosi Madikizela wants an overhaul of the permitting system. He also questioned why drivers continue to be eligible to make use of the services while not being in possession of the required permits.

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