Quebec won't budge on Uber rules with hours left before deadline


What do you think about this turn of events for Uber in Quebec?

The ride-hailing giant on Friday said it will continue to operate in the Canadian province for now.

It was thought that Fortin, a relatively young politician and one brought into the role of Transport Minister right around when decisions regarding Uber need to be made, would be a bit more lax with the raid-hailing service.

Uber announced in a statement this morning, "With the recent nomination of André Fortin at the Transport ministry, we recognize an opportunity to establish a constructive dialogue toward finding a long-term solution for the user and drivers of Uber".

For the previous year, Uber has been operating legally under a pilot-project, the terms of which were under review when the company announced it would pull out of the province. Quebec renewed the project for another year with stricter requirements.

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Uber is at odds with a provincial requirement that its drivers undergo 35 hours of training just like cab operators, instead of 20 hours as they have been doing. "That person would not be required to take 35 hours of training".

"We are committed to working with the government over this period".

Guillemette said that the government didn't consult with the company before making the announcement and he also argued that the mandatory training would discourage Quebecers from signing up to drive with Uber. London's transport authority said Uber was not "fit and proper" to operate in the city, citing the company's approach to reporting serious criminal offenses among other reasons.

As a result of the government's new rules, Uber Quebec's general director Jean-Nicolas Guillemette said in a September 26th, 2017 media conference that the company would cease operations as of October 14th, 2017.