MASSIVE TAXI PROTEST TO DISRUPT TRANSPORTATION IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO WEDNESDAY

Dec 09, 2015

By Jane Brown

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It could be a challenging day to get around downtown Toronto.

As many as 2000 taxi drivers are beginning a demonstration against Uber.

Their plan is twofold. They are refusing to take fares until 7 this evening.

And they will take part in a coordinated procession, which begins this morning at 4 different points in the city. Cabbies will then head to City Hall and Queens Park as they seek an injunction to shut down UberX while city staff work to create new bylaws for the ride sharing service.

The president of the iTaxiWorkers Association says the ultimate goal is for the city to seek an injunction to shut down UberX while city staff work to create new bylaws which are expected next year.

In response, Mayor John Tory says an injunction is not on the table.

As for Uber, spokesperson Susie Heath said in an email yesterday, “that Uber’s focus remains on working with city officials to update regulations that allow for innovation and choice in Toronto which will benefit all participants in the ground transportation market.”

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