In America a dispute has risen about the chaotic state of washroom’s which has left some taxi drivers in the city feeling insulted and isolated.
The Toronto Port Authority has banned cabbies from the passenger building at the foot of Bathurst St., across the water from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. As a result, drivers feel they are being segregated from the public, says the president of iTaxiworkers Association. Portable toilets have been provided in the mean time for the taxi drivers.
“I have heard of a few drivers (who say) they’re not going back to the airport if they treat us like this,” said Sajid Mughal, who represents about 750 cabbies in the city.
The Toronto port authority has banned the taxis drivers as they believe it is them who are to blame for repeatedly causing a mess in passenger buildings washrooms, while the drivers feel they have been accused without any proof.
On July 16, taxi drivers received a message from Toronto Port Authority ground services manager Antonella Tarantino as a “final warning” about the washrooms and the state they were in.
“Urinating and defecating on the floor, walls, hand driers etc. is not acceptable and will result in all taxi drivers being refused access to the building,” is what the message is reportedly to have said.
The following day, drivers were given one more notice from Tarantino saying they’re no longer allowed inside the passenger building because “a member of the taxi driver community refused to comply” with her previous warning.
Three days later, the port authority placed the portable toilets outside for drivers to use.
The portable toilets are only meant to be a short-term solution until the port authority builds a toilet area which is specifically for taxi drivers.
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