Transportation of passengers: Quebec does not close the door in a pilot project with Lyft

News 12 January, 2018
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    The government Couillard does not close the door to enter into a pilot project with the enterprise rideshare american Lyft.

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    “It has already done with Uber. If Lyft filed an application in this sense, we will study it “, said the Newspaper, the spokesperson for the cabinet of the minister for Transport, Pascal d’astous.

    As reported in The Newspaper on Thursday, Lyft is now trying to establish themselves in Québec to come to compete with the multinational Uber.

    The company of San Francisco, present in more than 300 u.s. cities and Toronto, said to be interested in Quebec to expand its activities in carpooling in the cities of Montreal, Quebec and Gatineau.

    The eternal rival of Uber in the United States has just entered into the Register of lobbyists in Quebec. Currently, the regulatory framework of the Québec does not, however, a company like Lyft to offer its services of transportation of people in the province through its online application.

    The minister of Transport, André Fortin, has already said in the past that they would revise the regulatory framework surrounding the taxicab industry in order to develop ” innovative solutions in order to provide users with quebec a modern industry that meets their needs “.

    Lack of vision

    The Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ), we are of the opinion that the liberal government of Philippe Couillard has no “long term vision” regarding the taxi industry.

    “It takes a law to accommodate the new players of the collaborative economy. such as Lyft. We need to stop wanting to do pilot projects and case-by-case basis, ” said the critic caquiste in the field of transport, François Bonnardel.

    According to the latter, the intention of Lyft want to come and do business in Quebec demonstrates the urgency to act within the taxi industry. “After Lyft, there will be other players like Didi who will come and knock at the door. It should be ready. It takes a game plan, ” he said.