Taxi drivers are ready to resume protests

Taxi industry leaders are threatening to resume pressure tactics after a daylong meeting with the Transport Ministry left them with few positives.

Taxi drivers want Transport Minister François Bonnardel to abandon Bill 17, legislation that would deregulate the taxi industry. The government would offer $500-million in compensation for the lost value of taxi permits, a total that cabbies say is not enough.

In a warning Tuesday, cabbies said they are prepared to go the extra mile with the next round of protests. No details were given, but demonstrations could include blocking traffic in major cities, similar to a slow-rolling protest last month in Montreal, Quebec City and Laval.