TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - A savage attack on a taxi driver has sparked an outpouring of sympathy
and anger from fellow drivers who are demanding a crackdown.
In the latest of a string of assaults against drivers, Khalil Talke was
stabbed repeatedly by an attacker on Monday. Mr. Talke is recovering at
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Khalil and his family," said Sajid
Mughal, Itaxiworkers Association President.
ITaxiworkers and the Ontario Taxi Workers Association are demanding
tougher penalties for violent acts against taxi drivers and a closer
working relationship with city police.
Taxi driving is one of the most dangerous professions, Statistics Canada
reports. Drivers are extremely vulnerable, given they work alone, carry
money, and are exposed to the public.
However, the Ontario government says basic safety and workplace
insurance laws do not apply to taxi drivers. Drivers are excluded from
health and safety legislation and from Workplace Safety Insurance Board
"It is unfair that taxi drivers are treated differently," said Mr.
Mughal. "Drivers like Khalil who get attacked should get help. We
should come to the aid of the injured, not abandon them."
Conflicting municipal and provincial laws mean drivers often face
poverty when they are injured. Drivers are not allowed to hire a
replacement driver, they are not covered under the WSIB, but they must
continue paying expensive fees or lose their licenses.
Taxi associations want the city to lift the ban on replacement drivers,
and are urging the province to ensure basic safety prevention measures
are in place.
The associations also urge all taxi drivers to remain vigilant and not
take any customers if they feel they may, in any way, compromise their
SOURCE iTAXIWORKERS Association
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