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Two taxi cabs seized for street racing in Toronto

Posted Jan 26th 2012 9:27AM

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We've all heard stories of the good ol' days where cars ran wild on Canada's longest street. Yonge Street stretches from downtown Toronto all the way into the wilderness for 1,896 kilometres and attracts all kinds of pedestrians and cars. Back in the day, it was claimed that cars used to line up by the dozen for street race after street race until the local police constable told those crazy kids to head out past the city limits.

Today things are different, very different.

Last night at approximately 8:00pm two cabs were heading northbound just past the busy Dundas Square area. At some point, the testosterone kicked in and they apparently decided to see just whose Chevy Impala was quicker. Was it a propane versus gasoline showdown? A Beck Taxi versus Royal cab battle? Only the Metro Toronto Police know the rationale behind why they decided to race and decided it was enough to seize both taxis for 7 days under Ontario's strict street racing and stunting laws.

EDIT: The pair of drivers have been formally charged, their licences are revoked for seven days and they also face fines of $2,000 to $10,000 if convicted. It is not clear whether the drivers will be fired or not as a result as both companies involved were unavailable for comment. Check out the video at the scene after the jump.




News Source: CTV News Toronto

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Guy C

Wow! 1,896 kms long. When did they move Lake Simcoe or was it Toronto they moved?

January 26 2012 at 11:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ShaamanRyu

wow..these guys are amazing! How can they race on Yonge St?
To refine the statement a bit more...how did they manage to race at Yonge and Dundas?!
Yonge St. is one of the worst streets to drive on, and at Dundas..there's an all way crossing....there's literally zero space for speed!

January 26 2012 at 8:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BaddBullitt

Sickens me to see this. I drag race, but always settle it at the track!! It's almost as pathetic as 2 tools racing in a Smart car!!!
Schmucks like them make it harder for a real car enthusiast, like me to enjoy the hobby!!

January 26 2012 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
buzzerd

Welcome to Ontario where guilty until proven innocent isn't just our motto, it's actually our court system.

January 26 2012 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dieter Raven Manero

Something is missing with this story, how about a fine.......

January 26 2012 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hemusbull

As this one is a public safety issue, the names of theviolators must be published (I don't expect they are underaged) they! Please, don't consider this just as an...automotive news!

January 26 2012 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply