TORONTO CAB DRIVERS PROMISED MEETING WITH CHIEF SAUNDERS, PLAN TO RENEW UBER PROTESTS IF DEMANDS NOT MET

Dec 10, 2015

By Jane Brown

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After a day of demonstrations against UBER, Toronto cab drivers have been offered a meeting with Police Chief Mark Saunders.

Mayor John Tory relented to the demand after taxi drivers blocked the intersection of Queen and Bay for several hours on Wednesday.

But Chief Saunders said later there’s not much his officers can do to crack down on Uber.

“You have to be able to prosecute at the end of the day, and right now we’re having problems based on the existing laws that are put before us, and until those laws are changed, there really is not a whole lot that can be done in order to be successful,” Chief Saunders explained.

Some drivers say they will renew the protest unless there is a crackdown on UberX drivers by noon on Friday.

Mayor Tory says demonstrations will do nothing to speed up the city’s work toward new regulations intended to cover both traditional cabbies and Uber drivers. The new regulations are expected to come into effect sometime next year.

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