Uber threatens to quit Quebec over ‘severe’ new regulations

Uber threatens to quit Quebec over 'severe' new regulations

The ride-sharing company threatened on Tuesday to leave by mid-October if the

government implements new regulations.

The new rules would require Uber drivers to get police background checks and 35 hours

of training, up from 20.

The regulations come a year after the provincial government agreed to let Uber operate

on a trial basis.

“We are going to have to cease our operations in Quebec on October 14,” said Jean-

Nicolas Guillemette, director general of Uber Quebec.

The company said it could change its mind if the government reconsidered the


“We’re asking the government to renew the pilot project and let’s sit down and find a

solution to this,” he said.

The company has 50 office staff and about 10,000 drivers across Quebec, which includes

Canada’s second largest city, Montreal.

The new rules, announced on Friday, require drivers to have the same amount of

training as taxi drivers – 35 hours up from 20 – before they can pick up passengers.

They also require drivers to get a police background check, as opposed to going through

a private company.

When Uber first starting talking to Quebec’s government about operating in the

province, in May 2016, the province made it clear Uber would have no advantage over

the taxi industry, which is strictly regulated.

Mr Guillemette accused the transport minister Jacques Daoust then of “living in the


On Friday, London, announced it would not renew Uber’s licence to operate, citing

concerns for public safety and security.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has since decided to sit down with the company and received

an apologetic letter.