The fight between taxi drivers, Uber, and the government of Quebec is getting increasingly ugly. Quebec has recently opened a pilot program in Quebec for Uber to operate for one year in the province.
Cabbies insist that the pilot program agreement should never have been allowed to happen and that it undermines current taxi permits.
Quebec had originally taken a strong stance against Uber. The province drew up strict regulations and said the company either complied or left. Taxi drivers and reps were cautiously optimistic about the aggressive position. However, Uber negotiated a deal that allowed the company to operate legally for a year to assess how the market reacted and performed.
Taxi companies saw the reversal as a betrayal and have already seen two injunction requests denied by the courts. There is a threat that the industry will sue the province over broken promises and work strikes will become the next step.
In their fight against the program, cabbies are protesting, disrupting traffic, and even getting themselves arrested.