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Published: Wed, September 27, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Will pull out of Canada's Quebec province: Uber

Will pull out of Canada's Quebec province: Uber

But he introduced stricter conditions, including a requirement that drivers undergo 35 hours of training, 15 more than the previous requirement.

Taxi operators have opposed Uber's presence in Quebec, sometimes blocking traffic during protests in Montreal.

Uber's Quebec general manager Jean-Nicolas Guillemette told reporters today if the province doesn't revert back to the original conditions, the service will shut down on October 14.

Ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] said on Tuesday it will stop operating in the Canadian province of Quebec next month, pulling out to avoid following tough new regulations announced last week.

Quebec's transport ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Forcing drivers to be trained for 35 hours before they can try the Uber platform destroys the firm's business model, he said.

The company has 50 office staff and about 10,000 drivers across Quebec, which includes Canada's second largest city, Montreal.

The company left room to reverse its decision, calling on the government to reconsider regulations announced on Friday that tightened up the rules of a pilot project that had let Uber operate since October previous year.

Uber, founded in 2010 in San Francisco, has often faced opposition as it expanded.

Taxi drivers have been incensed with Uber ever since its entry into the market because, for decades, the government had limited the number of taxi permits in each city in the province.

"If it's kind of an illegal taxi industry", Coderre told BNN.

The government also wants Uber drivers to have criminal background checks done by police, instead of private companies that do them now.

Alexander Cioc, a 26-year-old who drives for Uber, said morale among his fellow drivers is low.

He said Uber had paid the province around C$7 million ($5.68 million) in fees during the pilot which would fund efforts to modernize the province's taxi industry.

The announcement today comes after London transport authorities last week said they would not renew Uber's license to operate in the British city when it expires, due to public safety concerns.

Last week in Britain, authorities in London said Uber's license would not be renewed when it expires September 30, citing a lack of corporate responsibility.

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