Quebec: Uber wishes to negotiate with transport minister Fortin on new regulations

Quebec: Uber wishes to negotiate with transport minister Fortin on new regulations”

Relaxing the new rules to some extend, Fortin said the new drivers appointed on or after Sunday must get their background checked within eight weeks while the old drivers will get two years time.

The company continued to say, "We have received confirmation that the new training requirements which would have prevented our operating will not be initiated for several months and meanwhile we remain determined to collaborate with the government". Quebec said the goal is to level the playing field and make Uber drivers and taxi drivers work under the same basic conditions.

Those rules came out in September, nearly a year after the provincial government agreed to let Uber operate in Quebec on a trial basis.

The ride-hailing company has threatened to leave the province on October 14 if the government doesn't ease up on regulations it's imposing as a prerequisite for renewing its pilot project.

Along with the training, the background of the drivers will have to checked by a police force, which was earlier done by private companies.

Some of the contested regulations include submitting drivers to criminal background checks performed by police, rather than a private company, and increasing the hours of mandatory training from 20 hours to 35 hours - the same number of hours required for taxi drivers.

For the past year, Uber has been operating legally under a pilot-project, the terms of which were under review when the company announced it would pull out of the province.

Uber drivers have expressed hope that the appointment of Fortin, 35, could yield an improved relationship between the company and the Couillard government.

Succeeding Laurent Lessard, Fortin became the new transport minister on Wednesday.

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