TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - The iTaxiworkers Association - the only
dues-based, membership-driven group representing Toronto taxi workers -
says the city's proposed reforms to the industry are a step in the
"We are interested in what is best for taxi drivers who drive taxicabs
for their daily living," said iTaxiworkers Association President Sajid
Mughal, whose group represents over 1,000 Toronto taxi workers.
"We believe the city's Taxi Review Framework offers positive steps to
reform a non-functioning industry in which drivers are the
hardest-working and least-remunerated group," Mughal said.
The iTaxiworkers' members include drivers who are owner-operators
(Ambassador drivers), W-plate (wheelchair accessible) drivers, lessees
and shift drivers (drivers who rent taxicabs on a daily basis).
The iTaxiworkers Association does not share the views of the Toronto
Taxi Alliance, which is mounting a campaign against the city's proposed
taxi reforms. The Toronto Taxi Alliance largely represents absentee
investors, taxi owners, brokerages, fleet operators and agents.
"The iTaxiworkers Association only represents actual working taxi
drivers. We have always worked for the goal of improving lives and
livelihoods for those of us who add value to the industry every day,"
"The iTaxiworkers Association knows that Toronto's taxi industry is,
indeed, broken. The industry does not work effectively for taxi workers
who are on the road every day trying to make a living and provide
quality services," he said.
"The current system benefits parties such as multi-plate owners,
garages, brokers and agents - but not the frontline taxi drivers. The
city's Taxi Review Framework offers much-needed change to an industry
that isn't working for taxi drivers."
The iTaxiworkers also notes that misinformation has been spreading
publicly as part of the campaign to oppose the city's taxi reforms. In
particular, the city's report does not propose fare increases, contrary
to misinformation being spread by opponents of the reforms.
"In fact, the city's report indicates that current fare rates should be
maintained and reviewed every two years," Mughal said.
The city's draft report is available at http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-59689.pdf
SOURCE: iTAXIWORKERS Association
For further information:
Sajid Mughal, President, iTaxiworkers, 647-836-2930, firstname.lastname@example.org
, Executive Director, iTaxiworkers Association of Ontario, 647-235-6567, email@example.com