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What would YOU call a fake/unlicensed/illegal Taxi?

Private vehicle using a “TAXI” roof sign on the Don Valley Parkway October 21st. Photo: Jafar Mirsalari

We welcome your feedback

Taxi News will be covering the “fake Taxi” story in the weeks ahead. We welcome your feedback on whether terms traditionally used in the industry (“Gypsy cabs” or “Bandit cabs”) are now considered offensive, and which term readers would prefer to see used.

If you provide your name with your comments in the survey below, Taxi News may use your comments in a future article.

Dictionary definitions: Gyp·sy /ˈjipsē/ noun 1) a member of a people originating in South Asia and traditionally having an itinerant way of life, living widely dispersed across Europe and North and South America and speaking a language (Romani) that is related to Hindi; a Romani person. 2. a nomadic or free-spirited person: "why should she choose to wander the world with a penniless gypsy like me?" Adjective 1. (of a business or business person) nonunion or unlicensed: informal, dated US "gypsy trucking firms" Ban·dit /ˈbandət/ 1. a robber or outlaw belonging to a gang and typically operating in an isolated or lawless area: "the bandit produced a weapon and demanded money"