Well, Looks Like Uber Is Leaving Montreal
Quebec lays down the law.
The time has come, everyone.
After months of debate,, and some taken by local taxi drivers, a decision has been made regarding Uber's place in Montreal and Quebec at-large.
And for those who love and frequently use the app, the future looks pretty grim, because Uber is more than likely on its way out of Quebec.
During a news conference held at the National Assembly, the details regarding Quebec's recently-tabled bill were unveiled. Predicted to be a bill that would force Uber drivers to obtain taxi permits and impose standardized fares on all Uber rides (and like services), we now have confirmation on all that and more.
Quebec Transport Minister Jacques Daoust stated the tabled bill, known as Bill 100, would impose, "a single regime for all," meaning both taxis and Ubers will have to operate under the same rules.
What that means, specifically, is that municipal governments will actually be able to control how many taxi and Uber drivers are on the road should the bill go forward. The Quebec Transport Commission will also be in charge of determining rates for certain areas, along with rates for different times of day (so basically Surge Pricing).
The provincial government will also determine how many taxi permits will be issued to a specific municipality, thus creating a limit as to how many drivers (both taxi and Uber) can be on the road. Uber drivers will then be forced to actually buy/rent said taxi permits as well.
Also included in the bill is a rule stating that any and all taxi or Uber drivers will only be able to drive customers during the designated hours prescribed by a region. A customer feedback rating system will also be imposed upon all taxi agencies or the like, kind of like what Uber already has in place.
But these new rules will likely mean the end of Uber in Quebec. While Bill 100 will make Uber legal in the province, Uber Quebec’s general manager Jean-Nicolas Guillemette has already stated that the company would pull out of Quebec should these new rules be put in place.
Given the fact that the government will be controlling the prices Uber can charge, when they can employ Surge Pricing, and how many drivers they can actually have on the road, Uber faces a lot of restrictions under Bill 100.
All of those regulations do conflict with Uber's business model to a large degree, so it's very likely Uber is on the way out everyone.
Lets pray that isn't the case, given how popular Uber is in Montreal, but get prepared for some heartache folks.