Beck says city hall to blame for Toronto taxi protest
Beck Taxi, Toronto's most ubiquitous cab company, has released a statement regarding yesterday's protest that brought traffic on many city streets to a halt.
While Beck apologizes for any inconveniences, it admits that its drivers remain frustrated with city hall's lack of action against UberX.
"We know the taxi industry didn't put its best foot forward yesterday, but the anger expressed didn't come from nowhere. For city hall to allow months and months to pass without dealing with the reality that 10,000 fulltime drivers are left to compete against an illegal taxi operator is an obvious powder keg in the making," writes Kristine Hubbard, Beck's Operations Manager.
Hubbard notes that her company asked its drivers not to participate. However, she says that UberX continues to operate illegally and that its operators ignore many of the regulations that govern the taxi industry.
"At the end of the day, this all begs the question, what utopia do the fans of illegal taxis at city hall believe they are working towards? We'd love to know," she said in the statement.
To conclude, she provides links to news coverage of protests from around the world. In these, however, UberX drivers were protesting against the American company's low fares and wages.
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