Quebec Planning to Compensate Taxi Drivers to Offset Uber Competition

With kind of $250 million allotted to the taxi trade within the 2019 provincial price range, Quebec is making plans to compensate taxi drivers to offset the profit-cutting festival from ride-sharing services and products like Uber. Once the announcement is made, Revenu Québec will ship a letter to every taxi license proprietor, indicating what they’re going to be entitled to (by way of CBC News).

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Almost $44 million was once devoted to the modernization of the taxi trade on this yr’s price range, with general allocation understanding to round $30,000 consistent with Quebec taxi license. 

George Boussios, a spokesperson for Taxis du Grand Montréal, stated, “$30,000 is a drop within the bucket for what’s came about within the remaining four years when the worth of a allow was once about $200,000 and now they’re promoting for roughly $80,000,”. He persisted that the arriving of services and products like Uber and Lyft has left many within the taxi trade “in dire straits”.

“It hasn’t been simple,” stated Boussios, who additionally serves as president of the Montreal-based Champlain Taxi corporate. “It’s been very, very tricky.”

The executive should dole out that repayment bundle immediately to drivers through Oct. 1, in accordance to Abdallah Homsy, president of the Regroupement des intermédiaires de taxi de Québec (RITQ). “In our stipulations, it was once made up our minds that the quantities will have to be paid prior to the elections,”  he advised Radio-Canada.

If the drivers don’t get what they would like, Homsy believes it’s going to be a scorching factor all the way through the coming near near provincial election marketing campaign, which is formally set to start later this month.

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