“The complaint by the metered taxi industry to the Competition Commission alleging that app-based transportation company Uber is engaging in predatory pricing and anti-competitive behaviour has been dealt a blow.  On Thursday, the competition authority dismissed the claims raised by South Africa’s metered taxi industry on the basis that Uber’s business did not contravene the Competition Act”.

Competition Commission dismisses meter taxis’ case against Uber: Ray Mahlaka  /  21 October 2016 00:01 on Moneyweb.

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After conducting an investigation into allegations raised by the metered taxi industry, the commission decided to not prosecute the case.  The commission said that the metered taxi industry has 20 business days to refer the complaint directly to the Competition Tribunal if it disagrees with its decision.

Uber’s general manager for sub-Saharan African division Alon Lits said the company is pleased that the commission has “ensured that the public has access to a marketplace that thrives on innovation and change.”

“Competition authorities around the world have been among the first government agencies to come out in support of innovative transportation platforms.  This is an exciting time to be a consumer,” said Lits.