By Kenneth Lipp
Local taxi drivers will attend a protest rally tomorrow at City Hall Plaza in Boston, according to a press release from the United Steelworkers, with which the taxi drivers’ union is affiliated. The rally is being called to protest the operation of ride-share corporations Uber and Lyft, who they say are operating illegally, and “sabotaging” the business of licensed taxi-drivers. The press release reads:
At 12:00 Noon, the Boston Taxi Drivers Association (BTDA) will hold a rally on City Hall Plaza to demand un-licensed Uber, Lyft and other illegal vehicles for hire be taken off the streets. Boston taxi drivers will be joined in protest against Uber and Lyft as unregulated personal vehicles for public transit by labor and community leaders. Participants will include taxi driver organizations from New York City and Philadelphia. Demonstrators will have placards, display banners, and their city-marked cabs.
Uber X has been operating in Philadelphia since October, and in an ongoing feud with the Philadelphia Parking Authority, who licenses cabs in the city and says the service is illegal.