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Taxi drivers hit the street, this time in protest

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – There's gridlock over a proposal to lift the cap on the number of taxi permits issued by the City of San Diego.

Taxi drivers and owners drove to the City Administration Building downtown Thursday to protest either for or against raising the cap that currently stands at 993. Opponents say allowing more taxis would lead to less income for drivers.

On the other side, supporters say most permit owners don't even drive cabs, and instead lease out their permits at an astronomical rate.

"Drivers are then exploited, they pay $400 to $900 a week in leases. The majority of taxi drivers are living in poverty, we need to lift the cap," Sarah Saez of United Taxi Workers said.

The City Council will consider the issue at a meeting on Monday.

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