The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service has impounded 97 vehicles operating as Uber taxis between 20 and 28 June 2015.
This brings the total number of impounded vehicles previously operating as Uber taxis in the city during 2015 to over 200, reported News24.
“The vehicles were impounded as a result of the drivers not being in possession of operating licences,” said the city.
The City’s latest crackdown follows reports from the beginning of the year when the municipality said it received complaints about Uber.
To operate legally in Cape Town, the vehicle itself must have an operator’s card, as it is used for transporting passengers for reward.
Drivers must also have a Public Driving Permit and operator’s licence in addition to a valid driving licence if they are transporting passengers for reward.
“To ensure the safety of our commuters, all operators must be licensed to provide public transport services,” said the city.
“Any vehicle that provides a public transport service for reward and is not licensed to do so, or which operates contrary to the conditions of an operating licence, is at risk of being impounded.”
Cape Town advised Uber that its drivers would have to apply for metered taxi operating licences in the interim.
“There is no reason why Uber should be given any special permission to operate without proper licensing.”
The city has supported the licence applications of a large number of metered-taxi operators who want to use Uber to source customers, but a decision on these applications is still pending.