Local taxi cab drivers are asking the City of Hamilton to help them tackle rising insurance rates.
Spokesperson Ejaz Butt says in some cases, rates are rising by as much as 400 per cent, which makes working in the profession unaffordable.
He says drivers are facing a doubling or tripling of premiums compared to what they paid last year.
Some cabbies have been told they will pay up to 18-thousand dollars for coverage.
About 150 cabs circled around city hall for a noon hour rally today, calling on the city for help.
Councillors say they will ask the province to revisit the insurance rates issue.