Last Sunday, members of the taxi industry came together to discuss what changes they would like to see from the government. Two Quebec taxi drivers’ unions have joined forces with a league of taxi permit owners to present a united front to Transport Minister François Bonnardel as he prepares to implement sweeping reforms to the industry.
Bonnardel promised this week that he would put an end to the Uber pilot project in the province and implement changes that would ‘modernize’ the taxi industry and level the playing field.
For years, members of the taxi industry have complained that the government allowed ridesharing apps like Uber to get the upper hand by failing to regulate their business.
Bonnardel said his plan was to create a more ‘equitable’ system that also promotes innovation. He accused the former Liberal government of “pushing back important decisions” instead of “fixing the problems in the industry once and for all,” and emphasized how reform would ensure a fairer system.
“Everyone has to play by the same rules,” said Bonnardel.
On Sunday, members of the taxi industry came together to discuss the future of their business. “There is a real threat right now that we’re trying to face, but instead of facing it every association alone in its corner, what we’re trying to do is put ourselves all together,” said Kamal Sabbah, of the Montreal taxi owners association.
- Quebec taxi drivers are hoping to be able to sell their permits for “above market prices.”