Toronto’s taxi drivers held a press conference this afternoon to again address the ride-sharing service Uber.
Toronto Taxi Alliance are appealing to the city police and insurance companies to enforce the law and stop Uber and UberX drivers from operating in the city.
They are asking the city to simply use the existing bylaws before things get out of hand.
There were strong words from many in the TTA with the chair of TaxiAction, Behrouz Khamseh, pleading with police chief Mark Saunders to enforce bylaws against Uber.
Taxi Fleet operator for Beck Taxi, Sam Moini, called Uber a “rogue agency that does whatever it wants,” and says the Toronto taxi industry can’t compete with a company that isn’t regulated.
Moini also warned that “Public safety is at risk.”
Coun. Jim Karygiannis says he’ll be bringing a motion to council next week on UberPool. He says it could affect the TTC.
Karygiannis also says if Uber is allowed to operate it could take money away from the city as licenses bring in $25 million every year.