Taxis: Montreal tightens the screw

manifestation-chauffeurs-taxis-contre-uberSurveillance cameras, dress code, rejuvenation of the fleet: the administration Coderre this morning adopted a series of regulatory changes that will force the taxi industry to offer a better service.

“The taxi is at the heart of the transport offer of our city and we want to make a model in North America. We want drivers contribute to the reputation of Montreal, both in their clothing, maintenance of their vehicles by their courtesy copy “said Aref Salem this morning, the chosen case manager within the administration Coderre.

By January 2017, the maximum age to bring a car into the taxi market will increase from 5 to 3 years. The retirement age from 10 to 8 years. The City estimates that for now, only 6% of the fleet will be replaced under the new rule.

Taxi drivers should wear dark pants and light shirts and closed shoes. Limousine drivers must wear full or tailors.

To improve security, cameras will be installed in the cars from January 2016. Only the police will have access to images.

The drivers then receive training to become “ambassadors of Montreal.”

The first step will take effect the taxation of payment by credit or debit card in all vehicles. The amendment, which was announced this summer, will come into force on October 15 and taxi owners have eight weeks to procure the equipment. Electronic payment will be no additional cost to the customer.

According to the City of Montreal, two thirds of the cars are already equipped payment machine.

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