TORONTO, Ont. – Hundreds of Toronto cab drivers convicted of various crimes, ranging from sexual assault to impaired driving, continue to pick up fares after the city failed to get them off the road, according to a report in the Toronto Star.
There are reportedly 255 such cabbies on the roads. There are 10,400 cabbies in the city, the Star reports.
Only 53 of 340 drivers, who appealed a City of Toronto decision to refuse to renew or grant their licences, were actually forced off the road in the past five years, the Star reported on Wednesday, adding the city only checks cabbies’ criminal and driving records once every four years.
“That’s a little scary,” a customer named Mike told 680News as he got out of a cab on Wednesday morning.
“I always get a little concerned when I go into a cab when someone who is not on the picture [is] driving, but you know it’s something to consider.”
Cab drivers are required to report charges or convictions to the city, the Star reported, but that rarely happens.