After a long legal battle, Uber is potentially leaving Quebec. Uber is an app that lets you pair up with drivers in order to get to where you need to go. It lets you rate the drivers, the drivers can rate you as a passenger, and it’s known for being more user-friendly and helpful compared to a regular taxi service. Many people prefer Uber because of the accessibility of an app, payment method, and social aspects that come with being able to choose your specific driver and rating them afterward.
When Uber first came to Montreal, there were a few issues that were brought up surrounding the multinational. For instance, the taxi drivers in Montreal brought up the fact that Uber drivers don’t need to hold expensive permits, many of which could be sold for up to $200 000. Uber does minimize the need for a taxi service in cities that it comes to, which could leave many taxi drivers out of a job.
The main reason that Uber is deciding to leave is a new set of regulations imposed on the app by the Quebec government. The main issue is a rule stating that drivers must undergo 35 hours of training before being able to drive for Uber. This rule goes against what Uber relies most heavily on: everyday people giving their friends and fellow citizens a ride somewhere.
“The Ministry of Transportation informed us this morning of new and challenging regulations that favour old policies instead of incorporating the benefits of new technology,” Uber said in a statement made following the announcement by the Ministry of Transportation. “Our team is still waiting to review the new regulations but based on our current understanding, these changes significantly threaten Uber’s ability to continue operating in Quebec.”
The Quebec government has not made any indication that they are going to back down on their regulations, noting that they’ve already so lax with Uber since it made an appearance in Quebec. Uber drivers already undergo an estimated 20 hours of training in order to become a driver, however, there is the issue that many of Uber’s drivers have part-time jobs and are simply driving for Uber as a “side hustle.” They say that adding an additional amount of time would be unfair considering how many drivers have multiple jobs.
The official decision comes on October 14th however it’s looking like it’s pretty official. Use up your favourite ride-sharing app while you can, because you might not have it for much longer.