Uber was unsure if their ride-hailing services would be continuing in Quebec after stricter driver rules were passed, but no worries – they have decided to stay. The recent changes would require Uber drivers to pass background checks and complete 35 hours of training courses.
However, rather than leave completely, Uber is reportedly in the midst of talks with the Quebec government. For the past year Uber has been operating under a pilot program that is government-sanctioned, and when the program was renewed for another year the stricter guidelines were added.
Officials from Quebec’s government said they will not compromise on the new guidelines, and new drivers will have 8 weeks to complete the background check. Existing Uber drivers have up to 2 years to complete the check, but background checks have caused Uber major headaches in the past. In fact, when comparable laws were enacted in Massachusetts, over 8,000 drivers from Lyft and Uber failed the background checks.
The Quebec area is only one problem area for Uber, they are facing increased pressure from governments all over the world. It seems such organizations are becoming less willing to allow ride-hailing services to operate under immunity from the same restrictions traditional taxi services face. Uber is the largest in the market, so they will continue to be a main target for regulators looking to regulate the industry.