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December 16, 2015

Cab, limo drivers clog streets around City Hall

Philadelphia police have begun towing demonstrators' unattended vehicles

Transportation Rally
01-121515_UBERProtest_Carrol.jpg Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Hundreds of taxi and limousine drivers protested Wednesday, Dec. 16, by blocking the streets near Philadelphia City Hall to raise concerns about ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft that are becoming more and more popular with commuters in the city.

Before noon today, taxicab and limousine drivers jammed the streets around City Hall as part of a rally to protest ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft.

Some drivers have exited their vehicles and begun marching in the streets, including one group holding a banner that read: "Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania, Driving toward Justice, Dignity, and Respect."

Philadelphia police announced on Twitter that they have begun towing unattended vehicles that are blocking traffic.

The rally was organized online. A post Monday on Reddit – an Internet message board – stated drivers would be parking limousines "black, luxury sedans of various makes and models on S. Penn Square in front of the DA’s office as well as other streets surrounding City Hall."

A Philadelphia police spokesperson said Monday that the department was aware of the plans for the rally and planned to have officers in the area.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.