Mayor John Tory is urging Toronto cab drivers to call off a protest planned for Wednesday.
“I would strenuously urge them not to disrupt the city of Toronto, not to disrupt their own livelihood by taking their own time out of work because we are working as fast as we possibly can,” Tory said on Monday.
Demonstrations are planned to cover north, south, east and west part of the city, and aims to eventually converge on Queen’s Park and end at City Hall.
The protest comes amid ongoing controversy of Uber operating in the city. Cab drivers recently held a three-day hunger strike outside of City Hall, demanding the city put Uber under the same bylaws that cab drivers must adhere to.
“We are not asking for anything impossible … the bylaw is there and [Uber] is violating the bylaw. Just get the injunction against Uber and enforce the bylaw.” Sajid Mughal, president of the iTaxiworkers Association, told Global News.
Mughal says protesters have been advised not to disrupt traffic.
Tory maintains that he has “got the message” and says city officials are working on new regulations that would put Uber under the same regulations. “If you draft up the regulations in too much of a hurry and try to rush it forward before Christmas Eve, you’re going to get a set of regulations that are not thought through properly,” says Tory, “And the last thing we want to do is move from one difficult situation to another one. We want to do this properly and we have always said from day one that the report from the licensing people and their new draft regulations were expected back early in the new year and that’s when they will come back.”