Taxi drivers to stage new Uber protest today

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Taxi drivers around Quebec will stage another protest today in support of Bill 100, the Quebec government’s proposed legislation for regulating ride-hailing services like Uber.

Organizers say taxis in cities around Quebec will be out of service between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. as part of the protest.

In Montreal, taxi drivers will gather at 10 a.m. at the de la Concorde bridge that links Montreal with Sainte-Hélène and Notre-Dame islands.

A news conference is scheduled near the Montreal Casino for 10:30 a.m.

The organization representing taxi drivers in Quebec City, the Regroupement des intermédiaires de taxi de Québec, said taxis there had no plans to stop working.

However, a delegation of Quebec City taxi drivers is heading to Montreal to take part in today’s protest.

The protest is the latest in a string of demonstrations by Quebec taxi drivers this year in support of new rules for Uber.

If passed, Bill 100 will require “remunerated passenger transportation services,” including UberX, to use a taxi permit or face stiff fines.

Anyone offering taxi transportation services without holding a permit would face fines of $2,500 to $25,000. The company could be fined up to $50,000.

The government has said it wants to pass the bill into law by June 10.

The legislation could effectively shut Uber out of Quebec.

The company has proposed a number of compromise solutions to counter the new rules set out in Bill 100, but the Quebec government has shown little interest in negotiating.

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