Uber vs metred taxi prices in South Africa

Reports of ongoing violence against Uber drivers across Johannesburg continued this week, as metered taxi drivers stepped up calls against the company for its anti-competitive pricing.

According to a 23 July report by the Sunday Independent, the violence has turned the most profitable routes into no-go zones for Uber drivers, meaning that many of them are in financial distress as a result.

Following the death of one of its driver partners earlier in July, the Uber Drivers Movement shared a list of the pick-up points that have seen their members beaten and their vehicles torched and shot at in the long-running feud over passengers.

These included very specific no-go zones like the Summit Club in Hillbrow, Royal Park in Joubert Park, and the CBD (specifically around the Carlton Centre) as well as all Gautrain stations and a number of  malls such as Eastgate, Mall of Africa and Southgate.

Pricing

Earlier this month the Competition Commission launched a market inquiry into the public transportation sector, including the issues between metred taxi and Uber drivers.

The Commission said that the scope of the inquiry will include price setting mechanisms, price regulation, transport planning, allocation of subsidies, route allocation, and licensing requirements, among other factors.

BusinessTech looked at a comparison of the pricing between metred taxi and Uber drivers in and around the Johannesburg region.

In comparing the two, we looked at the pricing as provided for in the Uber app as well as pricing quoted by three independent taxi operators in the area.

Note: These fares are estimates only and do not reflect variations due to discounts, traffic delays or other factors. Flat rates and minimum fares may also apply.

From To Distance (km) UberX Uber Blk Uber Van Taxi Co.1 Taxi Co.2 Taxi Co.3
OR Tambo Intl. Sandton City 23.0 R261 –
R348
R460 –
R609
R570 –
R753
R400 –
R450
±R270 ±R280
OR Tambo Intl. Mall of Africa 19.7 R196 –
R260
R346 –
R457
R430 –
R566
R250 –
R300
±R230 ±R240
OR Tambo Intl. Eastgate 15.2 R150 –
R199
R266 –
R351
R331 –
R435
R200 –
R250
±R180 ±R180
OR Tambo Intl. Southgate 37.9 R354 –
R471
R620 –
R823
R767 –
R1 016
R475 –
R550
±R430 ±R430
OR Tambo Intl. Park Station 23.1 R216 –
R287
R381 –
R504
R473 –
R624
R300 –
R350
±R270 ±R270
Sandton City Mall of Africa 14.8 R147 –
R194
R261 –
R344
R325 –
R427
R200 –
R250
±R180 ±R180
Sandton City Eastgate 18.3 R157 –
R209
R279 –
R367
R346 –
R456
R250 –
R300
±R220 ±R220
Sandton City Southgate 25.3 R219 –
R291
R387 –
R511
R479 –
R632
R350 –
R400
±R290 ±R290
Sandton City Park Station 15.4 R92 –
R122
R167 –
R217
R209 –
R271
R200 –
R250
±R190 ±R175
Mall of Africa Eastgate 23.4 R194 –
R258
R343 –
R453
R425 –
R561
R300 –
R350
±R270 ±R265
Mall of Africa Southgate 34.9 R337 –
R449
R590 –
R783
R730 –
R968
R450 –
R500
±R395 ±R400
Mall of Africa Park Station 26.6 R202 –
R267
R356 –
R470
R442 –
R582
R350 –
R400
±R310 ±R310
Eastgate Southgate 29.0 R247 –
R329
R435 –
R576
R538 –
R712
R350 –
R400
±R330 ±R330
Eastgate Park Station 9.1 R79 –
R104
R144 –
R187
R181 –
R234
R100 –
R150
±R120 ±R110
Southgate Park Station 11.7 R106 –
R140
R190 –
R249
R238 –
R310
R150 –
R200
±R145 ±R130

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