Taxi drivers to begin rotating strikes across Quebec today

Sep 3 2019, 6:47 am

Taxi drivers across Quebec will begin a rotating strike today that will continue throughout the week.

The taxi industry is protesting the provincial government over a recent bill taxi drivers say promotes ride-sharing app competitors like Uber and Lyft.

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Today, from 9 am to 11 am, taxis will be on strike in the following areas:

  • Vaudreuil
  • Valleyfield
  • Trois-Rivières
  • Sept-Iles
  • Gaspé
  • Prevost-St-Lin
  • Chandler
  • Tremblant
  • Mont-Laurier
  • Sainte-Therese
  • Alma
  • Magog
  • Shawinigan
  • Saint-Elzéar
  • Drummondville

A spokesperson for Montreal’s Taxi Coop told Daily Hive that the drivers will be protesting by honking and creating convoys to intentionally slow down traffic.

Taxi Coop did say that emergency services and “essential trips” will continue throughout the week.

On Wednesday, the rotating strike will continue in Granby, Rimouski, St. Jerome Coaticook, Saint-Anne-des-Months, Saint-Eustache, Farnham, Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Sherbrooke, and Terrebonne.

Thursday’s province-wide strike will hit Laval, Hull, Lachute, Jonquière, Baie-Comeau, Repentigny, Chicoutimi, Gatineau, and Rouyn-Noranda, before the cycle begins again at the end of the week.

Taxi owners are unhappy with the government’s compensation reform and are asking for more money to cover the loss of taxi licence values since the arrival of Uber in Quebec.

The rotating strike is not expected to hit Montreal, according to Taxi Coop.