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Uber: Vrai changement pour Montréal favorable to the continuation of pilot-project

Montréal, Tuesday, September 27, 2017 – Following Uber’s announcement yesterday threatening to cease operations in Québec due to new constraints imposed by the Québec government, Vrai changement pour Montréal strongly encourages a greater flexibility in order that the pilot project be extended. The transformation and innovation in mobility happening around the globe serves to create a more diversified offering to consumers of transportation services.

« We are disappointed that the Québec government, in imposing dissuasive new conditions and in once again showing its propensity for over-regulation of an emerging industry, is putting Québec and Montréal behind the innovation curve. It is obvious that the government’s inflexibility and resistance to the transformation of the mobility industry hurt Montréal’s international reputation as a creative and innovative metropolis, while removing options for consumers of transportation services », declared Justine McIntyre, party leader of Vrai changement pour Montréal.

Uber has been widely adopted around the globe, with millions of users world-wide. A cohabitation between this new model and the more traditional taxi model is entirely possible, as has been illustrated over the past year during the pilot-project period for its Québec operation.

In order to better support the profound transformation of the personal transportation industry, the Québec government must demonstrate greater flexibility in its efforts towards extending the pilot project, and eventually in introducing legislation reflecting the changes. On the industry side, Uber must continue to contribute to a healthy and equitable industry transformation via tax payments, last year totaling $7.2M, which sum goes towards a modernisation fund for the taxi industry, and in respecting safety requirements for drivers and passengers.

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Aude Cauchard
Communications officer
Vrai changement pour Montréal
438 – 402 7002