Drivers affiliated with Uber, Bolt, InDriver and Uber Eats are planning a nationwide shutdown. The e-hailing drivers are intending to stop major routes and disrupt services for three days in the coming week.
E-hailing drivers want Government to regulate the industry
The e-hailing providers are calling on the South African government to regulate the industry they work for. The Public-Private Transport Association stated that the regulations would go a long way.
It hopes that “exploitation of the industry” by other e-hailing services will be eradicated if Government steps in. The spokesperson for the association Vhathuka Mbelengwa stated that there was a list of demands, reports EWN.
A list of demands has been set out
Part of which includes improved earnings as the price of petrol continues to skyrocket as well as increased safety of e-hailing drivers and customers. Mbelengwa has called on Government, on behalf of drivers, to regulate the industry.
Mbelengwa explained that regulation will protect people in the industry and avoid exploitation as well as ensure that all participants earn a decent income.
“We are saying to Government, regulate this industry. Regulation is not a foreign concept and seeks to protect participants within that industry. We are asking Government to make sure we are not exploited, to make sure that organisations that operate ensure that everybody earns a decent wage. We have laws that protect against this, and these laws are being violated, said Mbelengwa.
Bolt SA: E-hailing service offers discounts to sexual assault victims
Popular e-hailing service, Bolt South Africa, has come under fire in the last few weeks after several Twitter users said they were sexually assaulted by Bolt drivers. According to reports, the e-hailing app has allegedly offered a month of discounted rides and food vouchers to these victims.
Reabetswe Sehulare told the publication that she was allegedly raped by a Bolt driver and said the e-hailing service did nothing to deal with the issue. The company further claimed that the driver who sexually assaulted her was not registered with them.
Atang Swartbooi, a social justice activist, has started a petition against Bolt to “verify” its drivers.
“By signing this, you will be saving many Bolt South Africa customers from trauma (derived from these sexual assault and harassment cases) and grant them relief of safety concerns,” writes Swaartbooi. Read the full story here.