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Quebec won't budge on Uber rules with hours left before deadline

Quebec won't budge on Uber rules with hours left before deadline
From CBC - October 13, 2017

The Quebec government has announced it is standing firm on the main tenetsof its new rules regulating how ride-hailing company Uber operates in theprovince.

In a news release issued Friday morning, Transport Minister AndrFortin announced hewill not change the requirements that drivers undergo 35 hours of training and have criminal background checks done by a police force.

But the government is giving the drivers time to get their background checks done. New Uberdrivers, who start on or after Oct.15,will have eight weeks, while those already working as Uber drivers will have two years.

Theride-hailing companythreatened to leave the province onSaturdayif the government does not ease up on its proposed regulations.

Premier PhilippeCouillardsaid early Thursday that while the province will keep talking with the company, it would not"submit to a multinational."

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