Johannesburg - Ride-hailing service Uber has voiced concerns over proposed amendments to the National Land Transport Act, including a clause instructing e-hailing operators to deny access to their systems to any driver without the necessary operating licence.
Under the clause, ridesharing and e-hailing companies that fail to comply could pay a fine of up to R100 000. Drivers are also subject to the fine as well as two years imprisonment.
Uber said in cities across the country where it operates, drivers were currently facing huge delays in getting their permits from their local authority, or were simply not able to do so.
Uber general manager for sub-Saharan Africa Alon Lits said: "Therefore Uber proposes that the implementation of this clause, as well as any sanctions against drivers themselves, are delayed until the current challenges being experienced by public transport operators applying for operating licenses are resolved."
The permit-issuing systems and processes of many of South Africa’s major municipalities were flawed, Lits said, resulting in huge application backlogs and delays of up to 18 months in the issuing of operating licences, .