Taxify operator Leon Thiart’s car was impounded after a dispute between his driver and traffic officials. “My driver was driving towards the Waterfront with two passengers. They stopped for a road block and the officer asked the driver for his operating permit.
“He did not ask if he was driving for Uber or Taxify. The driver replied, saying he had no permit, and was taking his neighbour’s friends to the Waterfront Mall.” Thiart said the officer then spoke to the two passengers in a language the driver didn’t understand.
He said the passengers got out of the car, and the officer told the driver he was impounding the car and arresting the driver. At that time there was still no mention of Taxify.
“While the driver was at Greenpoint Traffic Department he called me to explain what was going on. I spoke with the officer, who told me the driver was paid for a trip and that he does not have a permit for Uber. He then killed the call,” said Thiart.