Uber threatens to leave if Quebec insists on stricter rules

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Uber is threatening to cease operations in Quebec next month if the province doesn’t back down on new, stricter rules regulating the ride-hailing service.

Jean-Nicolas Guillemette, director general of Uber Quebec, said the service will shut down Oct. 14 if nothing changes.

On that date last year, the two sides agreed to a pilot project that allowed the ride-hailing company to operate.

Quebec Transport Minister Laurent Lessard agreed to renew that pilot project last Friday, but with stricter conditions including a requirement that drivers undergo 35 hours of training, the same amount as traditional taxi drivers. Guillemette said Tuesday Uber wasn’t consulted about the changes, which they consider to be major, and that the requirement is too much for drivers who only work part time.

“What the [Transport] Ministry has announced is an attempt to impose old rules on a new technological model,” he told a news conference. Quebec is the only Canadian jurisdiction where Uber operates that requires drivers to do training, he said. Previously, they had to do 20 hours…

Read more : CBC, 26.09.2017