Trucking carriers and travellers are being warned that protests by Toronto’s taxi drivers could resume this Friday throughout the downtown core.
The protest is in response to Uber’s mobile app-based ride-sharing service, which the taxi industry claims is operating “illegally” in the city. Representatives from the city’s various taxi associations recently met and voted to strike and launch moving protests designed to create gridlock in downtown Toronto.
The upcoming Family Day weekend is expected to be extremely busy with NBA All-Star activities as well as the Canadian International Auto Show both kicking-off on Friday.
It’s unclear at this point which areas of the city will be affected, although organizers warn that demonstrations will be more widespread than those that took place in December. Regardless, the Gardiner, DVP and other major routes in the downtown core are likely to be targeted.
More details on the protest are expected on Wednesday. City government and business leaders are urging organizers in the taxi industry to reconsider their protest plans.
Hopefully, the situation can be avoided. In the meantime, OTA will update members as more details become available.