Quebec Isn't Backing Down On Making Uber Leave The Province

Lloyd Doyle
October 13, 2017

The Quebec government has announced it is standing firm on the main tenets of its new rules regulating how ride-hailing company Uber operates in the province.

Last month, the company said it would cease operations in Quebec on October 14 because it was unhappy with government regulations imposed on its drivers, calling them "challenging".

New provincial transport minister Andre Fortin said on Friday that current Uber drivers will now have up to two years to get police background checks, as opposed to going through a criminal check with a private company.

Couillard insisted that re-opening negotiations with the company did not mean the province would give in to Uber's demands.

The company continued to say, "We have received confirmation that the new training requirements which would have prevented our operating will not be initiated for several months and meanwhile we remain determined to collaborate with the government".

Mr Fortin said in a statement that "this simple change does not change Uber's obligations" and that it was an issue of "fairness for all market partners and for user safety".

After threatening to cease operations in Quebec, Uber has expressed its willingness to negotiate the new regulations imposed by transport minister André Fortin, media reports said.

Couillard even went so far as to promise compensation to cab drivers for devalued taxi permits.

Couillard said that if there are economic consequences for taxi drivers, they will be compensated.

The old rule, which expires on Saturday, needed all drivers to undergo 20 hours of mandatory training.

All Uber drivers will still need to complete the extended training course, placing them on par with taxi drivers in Quebec.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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