Fed up with new regulations, Uber poised to leave Quebec: Report

Uber, the online ride-sharing service that has been at the centre of a controversy for the past two years, is on the verge of leaving Quebec.

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Published on: September 26, 2017 | Last Updated: September 26, 2017 6:39 AM EDT

The final straw for Über, which has been negotiating with the Quebec government for months in an effort to co-exist with the taxi industry, reportedly was a government demand that its drivers submit to a 35-hour training program already imposed on taxi drivers. Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Uber, the online ride-sharing service that has been at the centre of a controversy for the past two years that saw its attempts to establish itself here raise the ire the Quebec taxi industry and the concerns of the Couillard government, is on the verge of leaving Quebec, La Presse reported Tuesday.

The final straw for Uber, which has been negotiating with the Quebec government for months in an effort to co-exist with the taxi industry, reportedly was a government demand that its drivers submit to a 35-hour training program already imposed on taxi drivers. The multinational reportedly feels such a program is incompatible with its business model, which relies on part-time drivers who would presumably not be ready to undertake the course.

Other government demands included mandatory vehicle inspections every 12 months and background checks on drivers performed by police rather than a private firm.

The La Presse report, citing unnamed sources, says the announcement of Uber’s departure could come as early as Tuesday, and had been decided by the service’s head office in San Francisco last weekend.

Last week, the city of London in the United Kingdom barred Uber from operating on its territory.

This story will be updated.

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