After previous efforts to drive Uber out of London left cab drivers spinning their wheels, the London Taxi Association has called an afternoon news conference at City Hall.
Tensions have been mounting between cabbies and city officials ever since the ride-hailing service rolled into town a year ago.
Few details have been released on Monday’s news conference, but sources tell AM980 the Association will announce a change in how they deal with the City.
According to the group’s press release, “the safety of Londoners has been put at risk by the proliferation of ‘Bandit Cabs’ operating under the Uber platform which follows no safety regulations but it’s own ‘dictatorial’ ways.”
The situation became more contentious in late July, when Council approved changes to their proposed vehicle-for-hire bylaw.
Under the proposed rules, car insurance requirements would be eased, surge pricing would be permitted, and only vehicles allowed to accept street hails would need to have interior and forward-facing cameras.
A public participation meeting is being held at City Hall in October so the public can have a chance to weigh in.
Monday’s press conference with the Taxi Association is scheduled for 1:15p.m. on the steps of 300 Dufferin Ave.
Dozens of charges have been laid by city officials against Uber drivers, but the company appears undeterred. Uber has been lobbying customers to reach out to their local Councillors to tell them they support ride sharing.
City hall wants to include Uber in its existing bylaw while Uber has called for its own separate category.
Last month, Uber became the first private company to receive permission from the City of Toronto to operate under a new vehicle-for-hire bylaw which included new regulations for Uber drivers and increased flexibility for cab owners.