Montreal cab drivers ready to fight Uber

Meanwhile, Montreal considers its response to Uber’s deal with the Quebec government


MONTREAL – Representatives of Montreal’s taxi industry are scheduled to meet Tuesday to draft a response to the recent deal between the provincial government and ride-hailing company Uber.

Taxi drivers are almost unanimously against the agreement, which allows Uber to continue operating during a one-year pilot project.

While they oppose the deal, cabbies don’t agree on how to pressure the government to reverse course.

Taxi lobby spokesman Guy Chevrette said the province’s various cab companies and their drivers will “no doubt” come up with a unified front after Tuesday’s meeting.

Chevrette said he will suggest the lobby take legal action against the government, but refused to give details about other possible measures, such as strikes.

The lobby met on Monday with the province’s transport minister, Laurent Lessard, but Chevrette described the get-together as disappointing.

“It’s clear for (Lessard) that everything is legal, despite all the proof that we offer him,” Chevrette said, referring to the fact Uber continues to operate outside the law because the pilot project hasn’t yet come into effect.

“The government thinks it is right,” he continued. “It considers that Uber is operating within the law. It’s discriminatory and not equitable.”

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Montreal cab drivers ready to fight Uber

  1. You guys seriously need to relax. I don’t see Uber staying very long with the regulations put in place. They continue to say they are reviewing how they can operate under these rules which suggests they probably can’t. If you guys go out and start causing trouble, it’s only going to be bad for yourselves. It’s exactly what Uber wants you to do. I will pretty much guarantee you that if you start doing stupid things, it will be another reason for the government to start working more in favour of Uber. Let this play out until Uber says they’re going to work with these rules. Uber has left cities for a whole lot less than these rules so let it play out first. Don’t do anything stupid right now.