Certain areas have been red flagged following a notable increase in attacks on e-hailing taxis.
David Drummond, chairperson of Section 66, an organisation for e-hailing taxis, said: “Crime is rife and there is a concerted effort made at targeting e-hailing services. People have seen a weakness in the system, but the saddest thing is that… It is foreign nationals who are preyed on.”
Drummond said there are areas which have been red flagged, however he did not disclose the areas.
An uber driver who asked to remain anonymous said “It is dangerous everywhere… a lot of drivers don’t want to drive after dark.”
Uber said it was deeply committed to the safety of both riders and driver-partners. The company said it had a number of safety features, including an Incident Response Team (IRT) call-back line.
“The call-back line provides riders with 24/7 access to speak to Uber’s global IRT, available to respond immediately to any reported incidents or crashes globally.
“Our law-enforcement relations team are also on call to work with police at any time to respond to urgent needs and walk them through how Uber can assist in an investigation.”
MAYCO member for safety and security, JP Smith said there was poor policing in the province, which made poor communities more vulnerable to criminal incidents.