Uber management has already expressed concern over proposed amendments on area restrictions. File photo: Pixabay

Cape Town - The Western Cape provincial standing committee on transport and public works will on Wednesday hold its first public hearings into the National Land Transport Amendment Bill aimed at regulating e-hailing services, which include Uber and Taxify.

The National Land Transport Act was passed to restructure the national land transport system that was started by the previous Transition Act. The Amendment Bill provides for developments since 2009, such as regulating the e-hailing industries including Uber and Taxify, and creating provisions for non-motorised transport - not just cycluing and animal-drawn vehicles but also cycling, skateboarding, rolloerblading and even just plain walking.

Uber management has already expressed its concern over the amendment Bill, raising concerns over the proposed amendments on area restrictions and punitive measures on its operators, who it claims are already being discriminated against by delays in the issuing of operators' permits on the part of the provincial authorities.