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Boston taxi drivers to protest Uber, Lyft ahead of city council meeting

Cabbies will protest the use of "unregulated personal vehicles for public transit."
Boston taxi drivers are angry over ridesharing companies.Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro

Boston cab drivers plan to rally on City Hall Plaza Monday afternoon ahead of a Boston City Council hearing where they will ask that consumer and worker protection rules be applied to Uber and Lyft drivers.

The Boston Taxi Drivers Association says taxi driver organizations from New York City and Philadelphia will join them at the noon rally where they will protest the use of "unregulated personal vehicles for public transit."

The association is an affiliate of the United Steelworkers AFL-CIO.

"Creating a 'limousine service for the masses' might be popular, but in the City of Boston it is illegal, endangers consumers and needs to be stopped," Donna Blythe-Shaw, USW/BTDA staff representative, said in a statement. "City cab drivers must meet public safety and transit insurance standards. It is time to take action against unlicensed and unregulated personal vehicles for hire operated by Uber and Lyft that are on the streets of Boston."

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