Quebec will renew its Uber pilot project for another year but with some modifications.
Transport Minister Laurent Lessard announced his plan for the second phase of taxi industry modernization plan.
The plan identifies several new rules that Uber must follow including:
- Increasing training hours for new partner-drivers
- Tightening of the criminal record verification process
- Obligation to perform a mechanical inspection every 12 months
“With the arrival of a pilot project with Uber, we had to continue and deepen our thinking on major issues in order to have fairness in the taxi industry,” said Lessard in a statement.
Uber has been operating in Quebec under the pilot project for nearly a year but there has been a strong pushback from the taxi industry.
In a statement, Uber called the modified regulations “challenging” and warned the rules could make it difficult for the company to continue business in Quebec.
— Uber Québec (@Uber_QC) September 22, 2017
“The Ministry of Transportation informed us this morning of new and challenging regulations that favour old policies instead of incorporating the benefits of new technology. Our team is still waiting to review the new regulations but based on our current understanding, these changes significantly threaten Uber’s ability to continue operating in Quebec,” said the ridesharing company on Twitter.
Lessard says that over the next few months the ministry will work with Quebec’s consumers to provide a “modern industry that meets their needs.”