Toronto Taxi Protest Possible During NBA All Star Event
It was December 9th when as many as 2,000 taxi drivers staged a protest against ride sharing app Uber, causing traffic chaos on Toronto city streets.
The threat of yet another taxi protest on that scale is once again looming large as some of the world’s most famous athletes set to descend on Toronto for the NBA All Star weekend.
Toronto city council is set to meet on Wednesday of next week to vote on whether or not to seek a court injunction against Uber and Uber X drivers specifically.
It follows the passing of a motion brought to the licensing committee last week by Councillor Jim Karygiannis, a vocal supporter of the taxi industry.
Taxi drivers now say that if Councillors vote against the injunction, a protest will be on the cards, with a major demonstration on February 12th possible, just as the city gears up to host the NBA’s All-Star event.
The next major ‘day of action’ will take place in Ottawa next Thursday, when taxi’s from all over the province will converge on Parliament Hill, in the hope of gaining federal support in their fight against Uber.
A meeting is planned for Sunday February 7th, when the region’s taxi associations will sit down to consider their options.