You can now breathe a sigh of relief: the taxi strike that was supposed to take place during the NBA All-Star game has been cancelled. The protest was planned as a way to bring awareness and change to the uber vs. taxi issue. UberX, a digital-based ride-sharing service, has been taking away business from cab drivers due to it being less regulated, and therefore much cheaper.
Taxi representatives made the announcement today, along with several city councillors. Paul Sekhon, head of the United Taxi Workers Association, explained: “We never had an intention to hijack the city ahead of this” and added that “emotions overran us and we didn’t know what else to do”. He explained that the Toronto taxi industry are willing to work with the city to come to a solution.
Just earlier today, Sekhon announced that 8000 taxis would be taking part in the protest to “shame” the mayor for not being pro-active in the conflict, as well as to gain international media attention during the enormous sporting event.
The three councillors that were present during the announcement came to the podium and all agreed that UberX is unsafe and illegal. De Baeremaeker said: “If you love somebody, do not let them get into an UberX cab”.
Back in December, taxi drivers had their first protest in the city, which caused major traffic congestion and chaos.
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