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Johannesburg - The Gauteng provincial government on Thursday said it would soon carry out an outreach programme for metered taxis to help owners comply with necessary licence requirements.

Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said the outreach programme aims to fast-track outstanding licencing applications that meet compliance requirements within the broader metered taxi category.

"Operators with receipts that confirm that their applications were received by the department will be serviced during the planned regional visits," said Vadi.

Metered taxi operators and e-hailing services, chiefly Uber, have been at loggerheads over market share and claims of illegitimacy. There have been several incidents of violent and deadly clashes between the rival groups in recent months.

Vadi said it was important to note that the Portfolio Committee on Transport in the National Assembly was addressing the issue of the legal status of e-hailing services and was considering appropriate amendments to the National Land Transport Act (2009).

The outreach programmes will be conducted at various licencing offices, starting in Tshwane on 12 and 13 October, Sedibeng on 17 October, Ekurhuleni on 19 October and Johannesburg on 24 and 25 October 2017.

African News Agency (ANA)