Sounds like sour grapes to me, in Cape Town of all places. I got the app, and i might actually use this as opposed to driving myself when i go out. I find it funny that Uber would need a "special" license, what's the difference between hailing a cab by phoning them vs. hailing one via the app ?
The mere fact that i can now see exactly where these cabs are and how far they are away makes me want to use this service. I mean, you pinpoint your pickup location, you pinpoint your destination, app calculates the cost, all in advance ... it's brilliant, if i was a taxi driver right now and not involved with this sort of service or planning to get involved, i'd be very afraid.
One has to wonder why free enterprise and healthy competition is being restricted by the city of Cape Town, the home of the free, the last outpost, and all that. Did they learn these restrictions from the National Party or from the ANC, or did they learn it from the anti-business socialist communist elements of their own?
Back in the day when I still used (sedan) taxis, I noticed that they were obviously completely unregulated (in Gauteng). So I don't know what this "regulation" crap means. Especially on the trip back home, when you are drunk and tired and desperate to get home, the fare for the same distance would often be double.... and meters, what meters? Most of the taxis I caught between 2000 and 2010 hardly ever used meters.
Edit: This was never the case pre-1994. In those days they actually used meters and provided a safe service to high/stoned/drunk teenagers such as myself.
I was wondering what type of insurance of liability cover is applied to passengers of these Uber Cabs? What if the driver has an accident and you are disabled - do you claim from the Road Accident Fund and hope for success like passengers getting hurt in our wonderful Minibus Taxi's or do you sue the driver?
What about the driver? What if he/she gets assaulted or hijacked?