Toronto’s taxi companies are begging for something to be done about the Uber issue that has reportedly cut conventional cabbie income by 50%.
The Toronto Taxi Alliance, which represents multiple businesses, is desperately trying to stop Uber from operating in Toronto, and hint that they’ll do anything they can to see that happen.
Does “anything” include the unrest that gripped Paris last month, when Parisian cabbies overturned and burned Uber cars?
“Please stop this. Please use existing bylaws to stop this before things get out of hand,” pleaded Behrouz Khamseh, the chair of Taxi Action.
The group maintains that Uber continues to put public safety at risk.
Toronto Councillor Jim Karygiannis wants insurance giants to go after Uber. Why is he backing the taxi industry? Follow the money!
“Every cab pays a $5,000 year fee to the city. Do the math folks. That’s $25 million,” he said. “If all of a sudden we say we’re going to do away with this, the city will lose $25 million. If we do the math, you will see it will hurt the city greatly.”
Mayor John Tory has warned Taxi Action that “Strong-arm tactics and veiled threats will not accomplish anything.”
Are you sympathetic toward the plight of the conventional taxi driver in Toronto? Would you continue to support them if strong arm tactics were applied to the situation? Would you like to see cabbies protest by blocking Pan Am HOV lanes?