Philly Taxi Drivers Join Cabbies from NYC and Boston to Protest Uber, Lyft

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.

About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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