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Taxi drivers hold demonstrations to press Quebec government to declare UberX illegal

August 25, 2015   by The Canadian Press

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MONTREAL – Taxi drivers are staging demonstrations in cities across the province against the UberX ride-hailing service.

Taxi drivers hold a demonstration through the streets of downtown against the ride-sharing app Uber Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

One of the biggest protests was held in Montreal today, where several hundred cabbies parked their vehicles for more than an hour in an industrial park.

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Cab drivers listened to speeches slamming UberX and promised even stronger actions if the provincial government fails to act.

The drivers called on the government to clarify its position on the new service, which allows users to hail a car using an application on their smartphone.

Related: Nearly half of people in Toronto and Montreal favourable to Uber, new poll finds

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard suggested recently he’s open to legalizing the ride-booking service while Montreal’s mayor is strongly against it.

Frustrations ran high as several in the crowd of cabbies wanted to take their protest to the streets of downtown Montreal, but they were calmed by organizers.

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