Pretoria drivers gathered at an open ground near Soutpansberg Road in Rietondale and marched to the Uber offices in Garsfontein. However, the office was closed because management knew of the protest.
The drivers said they were being exploited by their app-service partners, who deducted percentages from trip fares. Uber and Taxify drivers had to bear the costs of fuel, car maintenance and passenger liability insurance. The two companies should increase the cost of trips and improve standard trip flat rates from R20 to R50, they said.
Tshwane Uber and Taxify operators chairman Chris Rabohali said almost every e-hailing service driver was in debt because the cars were under finance.
“Every driver here has to make car finance repayments and pay for passenger liability insurance as well as petrol every day," he said. "Insurance costs are at least R2000. Combine that with car repayments, maintenance and living expenses, and we are barely surviving."