Outspoken Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti has made it clear he doesn’t want to see the ride-share Uber continue to operate in Toronto. In fact, at a recent meeting of the Licensing and Standards committee, he told Uber drivers to “get out of my ward.”
He will continue that fight Wednesday morning. He’s put out the call to not only the taxi industry, but to residents as well, to meet at his Islington Avenue constituency office to show City Council the “lawlessness of the wild west has no place in Toronto.”
Mammoliti, along with fellow Councillor Jim Karygiannis, say Uber is operating illegally and is taking away business from taxi drivers; drivers who pay fees and are licensed.
The meeting comes a week before Council is to make a decision regarding Uber. The ride share started an online petition, asking residents to sign it to make it clear it’s service is needed and wanted in Toronto.
As of Wednesday morning, it had nearly 42, 000 signatures.
“Uber thinks that insinuations and intimidation will work in Toronto as they have in other jurisdictions. My job as a Toronto City Councillor is to implement good public policy that serves the interests of all Torontonians, not to bend to the will of rich foreign law breakers and their high priced lobbyists. I will not let these scare tactics go unchallenged. I am requesting that residents sign my online petition at giorgiomammoliti.ca, asking that everyone respect the law, so that consumers are protected and further, that they enjoy a clean, safe, courteous and dependable ride at a reasonable price.” – Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti.
His petition had just over 3, 400 signatures.