September 08, 2015

WATCH: Cab drivers bully passengers, bash cars with sticks as Ottawa taxi wars escalate

Rebel Staff

Already feeling threatened by Uber, unionized Ottawa taxi drivers are also engaged in a complicated fight with their dispatchers and the Blue Line company. It's a government bureaucracy on wheels.

Wait until you see these videos of cab drivers hitting other taxis with sticks, blocking the road to the airport and in one case, bullying a woman who was loading her luggage into an Uber car.

Is it any wonder Uber is getting more popular all the time?

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commented 2015-09-09 16:22:19 -0400
It is obvious that these self entitled taxi drivers have no respect for Canadian Law. It is their Way and they also feel that they own the Highway. They have absolutely no problem using Lies and Intimidation against innocent Canadians and then when the ‘chips are down’ will resort to the ever popular—Racism and Islamophobia accusations. These guys won’t Quit. They got the cops scared . They got the gutless Mayor scared. The only people they don’t have scared are the ordinary people that are sick and tired of their overbearing attitude and intimidating tactics.
commented 2015-09-09 15:46:55 -0400
JASON WEAVER – I don’t know about unions being in the back pocket of Government ( that statement sounds fishy to me) But here in Edmonton non unionized cabbies are mostly friendly and take good care of thier customers. It’s capitalistically and democratically unfair to all Canadian Cab Drivers that UBER is not regulated by Municipalities – I think if Cities are not willing to tax, licence and regulate UBER like cab company’s and drivers then all Cab Drivers in Canada should be allowed to run amok like UBER

I published this YouTube after I interviewed several friendly protesting cab drivers last spring to help me and my subscribers get a better understanding of their situation.

Edmonton Active Citizen – Free News Sharing
commented 2015-09-09 14:35:34 -0400
I have mixed feelings. Having driven cab and limousine for a while, I can understand the cabbies’ complaints.

To be a proper cab driver, one must take a test to qualify them as a chauffeur (for that’s what you are). Then you must get a chauffeur’s permit. THEN one gets hired by a cab company, where you work on commission (a percentage of what the fare is charged). The cab companies, like any company dealing with the public, is covered by liability insurance.

Uber has none of these.

Consider what would happen if an Uber driver were involved in a vehicular accident with a fare in the back seat. What would happen if that fare was injured? Lawsuits. An Uber driver is Joe Whoever, using his own vehicle, which, being a personal vehicle, is under-insured, or NOT insured for carrying passengers outside his immediate family. So, in the event of an accident, he’s royally screwed. (But does the Uber driver think of this? No….)

Is this undercutting the cab companies? Yes. Is this good for the fare? Yes… in the short term. Is this dangerous for the fare? Absolutely! (And worse for the Uber driver!)

Should the cabbies be reacting the way they are? Absolutely NOT.

But I can see their point.
commented 2015-09-09 12:59:21 -0400
Richard Brinkman. While I do agree that this mans religion doesn’t apply, his bullying tactics were truly abhorrent. Businesses are run on competition but there’s a fine line between competition and bullying your market. To be competitive with Uber, Blue Line simply has to make their business economically competitive. That’s how these thing work. But because Blue Line is a unionized company, who has the government in their back pocket, they’ll get a free pass. That’s not right, now is it?
commented 2015-09-09 12:28:09 -0400
LIZA ROSIE just like KEITH BARNES from an earlier post
I don’t really know how you can tell what this man’s religion is Liza, He’s clearly upset and frustrated – but does it really make a difference whether he’s Muslim, Jewish, Atheist, Hindi or Christian?

You don’t have to answer that because you already shown your true colours…
commented 2015-09-09 10:46:07 -0400
That woman looked terrified. I’ll bet he wouldn’t have been so aggressive had a big burly man called for the Uber ride. I would have called the cops myself, unbelievable he threatened her with that. He should be charged. If he wasn’t a Muslim taxi driver in Ottawa where all the taxi drivers are Muslim I wonder where he immigrated from. Is he even legal.
commented 2015-09-09 10:13:49 -0400
Good investigative piece by Ezra. – NOT sorry but
I think this was low for you to publish Ezra – 1 man does not represent the majority of cabbies who are decent people and work hard for a living – I’m sure you have had your low moments in life – sorry for something you said or done – perhaps one day someone is going to catch you farting and picking your nose on YouTube and it will never go viral because no one really cares…

In Edmonton like most cabbies across Canada are friendly Taxi Drivers who use practise respect and peaceful means of getting thier message across about UBER – Edmonton’s Active Citizenship – Free News Sharing YouTube : Taxi Driver’s Protest Uber, Slow Traffic Downtown Edmonton

I am not Charlie Hebdo
commented 2015-09-09 09:26:55 -0400
Good investigative piece by Ezra. He could have added two aspects about Blue Line taxis: the rides are very expensive and the (mostly-Muslim) drivers drive dangerously around Ottawa streets (I used to live in Ottawa, and I know). Here in Fredericton, NB, where I have been living, we have nearly pure-free-market competition amongst the five or six competing cab companies, which keep cab fares relatively low. Cab fares here are about one-half of those in greedy, corrupt Ottawa. — David Murrell, Economics, UNB at Fredericton
commented 2015-09-09 09:00:45 -0400
Bureaucratic laws that require commercial insurance and whatever other license(s) are touted by the bureaucracy as protection for the people when in fact they treat the people as children, unable to decide for themselves. It should be, imo, on the onus of the passenger to ask to see the licenses and insurance from the cab driver before taking a ride in the cab if indeed those licenses and insurance are important to the passenger. That would be a proper capitalist system. But then I am a small government, less bureaucracy type of person and I believe people are (or can be) more mature than they are given credit for.
commented 2015-09-09 08:36:04 -0400
I’m going to go against my default and respond to something by the serial link-spammer Brinkman: “but does it really make a difference whether he’s Muslim, Jewish, Atheist, Hindi or Christian? You don’t have to answer that because you (sic) already shown your true colours…”

Yes, it does matter if and only if the driver insists that his preferences be followed by all around him. It’s called tolerance – if the cab driver is intolerant then he should not have a governmental monopoly on a service. Because government is the only agency that can create and maintain a monopoly, the driver’s intolerance means that some cannot get service. Segregated water fountains / get to the back of the bus… sound familiar? Uber is a monopoly breaker. Why do you favour theocratic rule for some? Why do you favour old money (holders of government monopoly license plates) over the average citizens and the poor (who don’t always have access to a vehicle and sometimes need to rely on cabs)?

We now return you to your regularly scheduled spam listings by Brinkman….
commented 2015-09-09 06:23:07 -0400
That’s insane. Like we should bring in 25000 more of these thugs
commented 2015-09-09 02:34:32 -0400
I don’t live in cities and therefore never have to use cabs. But I do like free-market capitalism. Here’s a perfect example:
“…Beck Taxi is calling on City Hall to lower Toronto’s cab fares.
The request for more affordable fares cames (sic) as city council prepares to debate how to regulate ride-sharing services like Uber…”
commented 2015-09-09 01:58:36 -0400
I am in a motorized wheelchair and have been advertising on Kijiji for beer/liquor delivery for $5 + costs in my area for over a week now,
I’ve got my rent paid for October…
commented 2015-09-08 22:08:16 -0400
That video is actually ironic. Women drive the socialist vote and women will be the first to lose their rights. Irony is good sometimes. Educational.
commented 2015-09-08 21:13:00 -0400
He is stupid enough to post his video of him committing verbal assault and threatening an illegal action against a vulnerable person but are the Police smart enough to arrest him? Probably not in Ottawa, Ontario or other union of socialists jurisdictions.
commented 2015-09-08 20:30:40 -0400
He definitely had that new Canadian accent that we are hearing more and more. I never get bullied I wonder why that is………..
commented 2015-09-08 20:01:10 -0400
KEITH BARNES said “That Cab Driver was a Muslim, no doubt about it…”

I don’t really know how you can tell what this man’s religion is Kieth, He’s clearly upset and frustrated – but does it really make a difference whether he’s Muslim, Jewish, Atheist, Hindi or Christian?

You don’t have to answer that because you already shown your true colours…
commented 2015-09-08 19:54:19 -0400
where’s the human rights commission on bulling?
commented 2015-09-08 19:33:27 -0400
That Cab Driver was a Muslim, no doubt about it. One refused me a ride, a month ago, just because I was carrying 15 cans of beer. We don’t drink beer, against our religion, you cannot bring beer into my Cab, understand. I called the Cab Company and got through to a Dispatcher, who said it was up to the Driver to decide who rides in his Cab. The Dispatcher sounded like a Muslim also.
commented 2015-09-08 19:32:27 -0400
Oh yeah, unions make life better… better for some… yes, some chosen few, and to think these same chosen few are threatening to form a government!
commented 2015-09-08 19:31:38 -0400
In Edmonton our friendly Taxi Drivers are much more respectful and peaceful it seems… Here’s how I know!
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commented 2015-09-08 19:24:13 -0400
I bet the passenger would have gone with cabbie, if he put some FUCKING DEODORANT on first.

Cabbie smell like total shit – when I cab it, the windows come down.
commented 2015-09-08 19:23:30 -0400
This looked more like downtown Tijuana.
commented 2015-09-08 19:09:49 -0400
Can’t wait until Uber gets to Calgary. Last year I arranged for a van from the local cab company and informed them I had a dog kennel. Still waiting for them to arrive. Had to drive myself pay for parking for a week and barely made my flight. Apparently the Baptists who run the cab business think dogs are sinful.