The controversial pilot program that makes Uber legal in Quebec has now come into effect. The Commission des transports du Quebec handed the company an intermediate license that was needed to get the pilot program underway for the next year.
Under the permit, the ride-share company must give the government $0.97 per ride for up to 50,000 of drive time each week. Between 50,000 and 100,000 hours, Uber must pay $1.17 per fare and anything above will cost $1.33 per ride.
“Uber has been legally able to operate under new Quebec regulations since Sept. 8, but the company has continued to function illegally in the province due to a licensing issue. However, it has now emerged that the company has been paying off fines its drivers have received for being illegal.
This is sure to irk the traditional taxi industry even more after it has tried to shut down Uber’s expansion in Quebec. It is also embarrassing for the government who will be accused of bowing to the company. The Quebec regime regulated Uber following a bylaw vote in the summer, but the fact the company continues to promote illegal operations for its drivers is worrying.
An ideal scenario for lawmakers was that Uber cease operations until the regulations came into place and it had organized licensing. However, the company refused to do so. The US-based ride-sharing giant has paid the fine of at least one driver operating illegal and is now being accused of promoting illegal operations for all its drivers.”