I always remembered Quebec, not because I have been there before but I always remember it from playing one of my favourite boardgame as a kid, Risk. This time, a fondness of the name brought me to learn that Uber is going to leave Quebec, Canada. This is after authorities wanted to impose the same rules to Uber as what they impose on taxi drivers.
This comes after Uber losing their license in London as well due to lack of corporate responsibility. Uber has been known worldwide for flouting rules and bulldozing their way into markets and it looks like all of that has finally caught in.
In Quebec, the government wanted to raise the minimum training for Uber drivers from 20 hours to 35 hours to match the rule for taxi drivers. Cab drivers in Montreal have been protesting Uber with reasons similar around the world, Uber is taking away their piece of the pie.
Surprisingly, Uber’s refusal to meet the ruling by the government and then saying that they will leave Quebec comes as a surprise. Jean-Nicolas Guillemette, General Manager of Uber Montreal says that the government is attempting to impose old rules on a new model.
Personally, I believe that the quality of drivers is key and truly makes Uber great to use. Refusal to adhere to rulings where it is to improve the quality of drivers doesn’t make any sense at all.