From Brussels to Ottawa, through Montreal, hundreds of taxi drivers on edge protested Wednesday to require the competent authorities, including Couillard government to legislate against Uber, this “illegal movement”. This mobilization comes as the City of Montreal announced it would go ahead with its major reform of the taxi in January.
In the Belgian capital as Montreal, the show was the same: a long line of taxis, out of sight, traveling at very low speed to the airport. If at Brussels, bang paralyzed traffic on some highways, making missed their flight out of the passengers in Montreal everything went relatively smoothly. Taxis are left Wednesday morning for an industrial area of Pointe-Saint-Charles neighborhood and drove to a landing stage to Trudeau airport, unlawfully used by drivers Uber.
The Coalition of independent workers Steelworkers (RTAM), which organized the protest, demanding that Quebec take an official position against UberX. “The owners and taxi and limousines and their families face daily government inaction in this case […] Thus, the assets invested by many families and Quebec financial institutions is declining because of this inaction “says Benoit Jugand, RTAM spokesman, in a statement.
From 1 January 2016, the new regulations on transportation by taxi will be in effect, announced Wednesday the City of Montreal following a decision of the executive committee. “[It] will enable us to go further, with regulatory changes and therefore compliance obligations regarding the age of the vehicles, the installation of security cameras, the revision of the continuing education program and improving the dress code, all obviously with the aim of improving the customer experience, “said the mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, in a statement.