Fact-In Canada, there is no union for cab drivers. Most drivers do own their own cars. They are self employed. They may be a limited company and drive with their own roof light or,rent a company's roof light and pay stand dues, the latter allows a driver access to fares from the company. Either way, they still are self employed. Enough already, get your facts straight.
The major point that anonymous coward makes is well founded.
In my city, taxi licenses are capped for five yrs. Then after this time, a limited number of new ones become available for a short time. This is not to keep prices high. It is done so that drivers can make a meagre living.Whether an income of $20.00 or $100.00 in a day, their expenses have to be met. This can become pricey. I am more than happy to pay the fare with a tip. Next time you take a taxi, talk to the driver re capping or open licenses.You may be surprised with the info.As an afterthought,our city counsel still leans toward the customer. I rarely have to wait for a driver.