Despite advice against it, it looks like cabbies could create a headache for Wednesday morning’s commute into work.
Over 2,000 taxi drivers are expected to descend upon city hall this morning from four locations starting at 7:30 a.m, expected to hit City Hall by around noon.
According to Sam Moini, President of Fleet Operators Association, says demonstrators have been advised not to disrupt traffic, however, with the large volume of those participating, it’s hard to say they won’t cause some congestion.
“We’re not going to be intending to block traffic, that’s not our intention.. but if there’s large numbers, not to say that it won’t disrupt traffic at all, but it’s going to quite possibly disrupt [traffic],” Moini told AM640, “The whole industry wants it to be peaceful, they want nothing to be dangerous and what not. They want it to be a peaceful protest and to disrupt as least as possible.”
He says there isn’t one organization planning the demonstration, rather it’s an “industry-wide GTA movement.”
Earlier in the week, Mayor John Tory urged the group to call off the protest, saying the message was received and officials were working as fast as they can to get regulations in place, however, the collective group says it’s not good enough.
A statement from the group says, “In Toronto, it has been over 2 months since the City updated their by-law, but, Uber has yet to come into compliance. The updated by-law enacted on October 2 effectively strengthened the City’s ability to file an injunction against a company hell bent on breaking the law. But, to date no action has been taken.
Recently, the city of Calgary successfully obtained an injunction prohibiting the illegal operation of UberX which Mayor John Tory brushed off by saying “Calgary and Toronto are different places.”
The cab’s are expected to travel through Queen Street, University Avenue, Queen’s Park Crescent, Bay Street, then back to Queen.