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Toronto Taxi Drivers Feel Targeted By Police

08/14/2012 10:30 EDT | Updated 10/15/2012 05:12 EDT
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Toronto's largest taxi company held a summit between cab companies, police and the city because its drivers feel they are unfairly targeted by police.

Gail Beck-Souter, general manager of Beck Taxi, said the company had heard so many complaints from its 1,700 drivers about ticketing that it decided to strike the meeting, which was held Tuesday morning.

"While we didn't want to dwell on individual circumstances, we wanted to look at what we could for a solution, to repair the relationship," she said.

Toronto police say taxis aren't being targeted, but are instead the victim of higher odds. Taxis are on the streets much more often than other drivers, which means they're more likely to be caught committing infractions.

"They're going to have more opportunity to run into police officers and we have a duty to make sure our roadways are clear," Insp. Sandra Richardson told CBC News.

Police and taxi officials both said the meeting was productive.

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