Despite Mayor John Tory’s call for a review of the city’s taxi rules, Councillor Jim Karygiannis wants council to have a debate on Uber this week and to have the city lower taxi fares to compete with the ride-sharing app.
“Obviously tempers are flaring,” Karygiannis said Monday.
“We need to move quickly. I’ve sent a letter to (Speaker Frances Nunziata) advising her that I’d be putting a motion in council for (an) emergency (debate).”
Tensions between Toronto’s taxi industry and city officials have reached a boiling point, with taxi representatives threatening to “shut down” the city during the Pan Am Games if police and Mayor John Tory don’t do more to enforce against the ride-sharing company.
Rising cabbie anger over lost income to unregulated, and cheaper, UberX drivers could potentially explode during the Pan Am Games, taxi industry representatives warned Thursday.
They were at city hall to voice growing frustration with Mayor John Tory and Toronto police for allowing the unregulated “bandit cabs” to operate in the city. They said the UberX service is “killing” the taxi industry.