‘Uber bill’: call for writ­ten sub­mis­sions

Cape Argus - - NEWS -

THE leg­is­la­ture’s transport and pub­lic works stand­ing com­mit­tee has con­cluded its fi­nal pub­lic hear­ing on the draft Na­tional Land Transport Amend­ment Bill, or the so-called Uber bill, and has now called for writ­ten com­ments.

The hear­ings, held in Ge­orge and Cape Town, con­cluded on Wed­nes­day. The Na­tional Land Transport Act was passed to re­struc­ture the na­tional land transport sys­tem that was in­voked by the pre­vi­ous Tran­si­tion Act.

The amend­ment bill pro­vides for de­vel­op­ments since 2009, such as reg­u­lat­ing the elec­tronic-hail­ing (e-hail­ing) in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing Uber and Tax­ify, and cre­at­ing pro­vi­sions for non-mo­torised transport.

“Among the con­cerns over the bill were the long wait­ing pe­ri­ods for oper­at­ing li­cences, as the bill pro­poses harsher pun­ish­ments, in­clud­ing im­pris­on­ment, for driv­ers with­out li­cences,” said com­mit­tee chair­per­son Nceba Hi­nana.” – African News Agency (ANA)

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