Thousands of taxi drivers turned a dead ear to pleas for rides into work this morning as they participated in a massive demonstration. They’re upset about competition from the ride hailing service, Uber, pointing to the unfair advantage enjoyed by the cyber service which appears to be free of the regulations that govern taxi drivers.
They circled Queens Park and wound up jamming the Queen and Bay intersection adjacent to City Hall.
Mayor John Tory says this is not the way to persuade city hall or potential customers of the apparent inequity. He says on at least one radio talk show he heard a caller who had been inconvenienced by the demonstration, swear he’d call up Uber the next time.