At midnight, Quebec’s new taxi legislation, Bill 100, will go into effect, forcing Uber drivers to either buy or rent a taxi permit.
If not, they could start facing harsh penalties.
Uber drivers have been protesting the bill and insisting taxi permits, which can cost $200,000, are expensive.
Quebec Transport Minister Laurent Lessard said negotiations with the ride-sharing company have stalled, despite the three-month grace period to allow for negotiations.
“I said to them, it’s like you want to make McDonald’s hamburgers. You want to make Burger King hamburgers. You want to make Harvey’s hamburgers,” Lessard told reporters at the government’s caucus meeting in Gatineau.
“And at the same time, you want to make your own hamburgers. So, when you want to make all the hamburgers, there’s maybe a problem for those who are making them already.”
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Lessard said he wasn’t sure if it meant the end of the road for Uber if the province isn’t able to cut a deal with the ride-sharing company.
“We’re still negotiating with them.”
As of midnight, anyone caught driving an Uber without a taxi permit could face fines of up to $25,000.
Uber has long maintained it will not comply with the conditions and will leave the province if necessary.