Update – February 10: The planned Toronto taxi strike, which was expected to be “more vehicles than last time,” has been called off. According to reports, Toronto taxi industry members were speaking at city hall and stated it has called off the planned strike for this weekend, but Taxi industry rep Sam Moini says it could still happen at a future date.
The fight against Uber continues in Toronto.
Following a 12-hour strike in December, the United Taxi Workers Association says it plans to protest this weekend against Uber by disrupting major transportation arteries throughout the city.
With the city set to host both the NBA All-Star Game and the Canadian International Auto Show this Family Day long weekend, the effects of the strike are sure to be felt by Torontonians.
“This time it will be more vehicles than last time. It’s going to be vehicles, people, our families – we’re going to bring our wives, our kids, everybody because we have nothing left to lose and there’s no sympathy from city officials, including the mayor,” said association spokesperson Paul Sekhon.
There is no indication yet as to the specific streets the 2,500 taxis will attempt to disrupt, nor when the strike will begin. “We’re sorry for the people in the public, but this message should have been heard by city officials,” Sukhan said.
Toronto Mayor John Tory stated this morning that the impending taxi strike “will not speed up by one minute” the process to get new bylaws passed.
UberX, Uber’s most popular ride-sharing service, has been a topic of hot debate in Toronto with city councillors on both sides of the debate. Uber recently acquired is taxi brokerage license in the city but still needs approval to operate its ride-sharing operations.
UberX, Uber’s most popular ride-sharing service, has been a hotly debated topic in Toronto with city councillors on both sides of the debate. Uber recently acquired its taxi brokerage license in the city but still needs approval to operate its ride-sharing operations.