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In order to counter the phenomenon of illegal taxis at Montreal's Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport, the Quebec government has adopted a new regulation which stipulates that a qualified driver must obtain authorization from Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) to offer paid transportation of people by automobile.

For the airport authority, this is a very big victory. She is convinced that the new measure will help stem the scourge of unauthorized taxis.

In addition, thanks to this regulation, members of Airport Security will now be able to issue tickets to drivers who make harassing solicitations to users. Before December, only Highway Control, a provincial agency affiliated with the SAAQ, could act.

The new regulation will also give us free rein to intervene as soon as that a driver not authorized by ADM will try to provide paid transport of people, the company reacted by email. #x27;up to $5,000 for a first offense and up to $10,000 for a second.

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According to ADM, this regulation, which will come into force on January 25, will help ensure that passengers have access to the service without having to endure aggressive and unwanted solicitation. It will also be beneficial for taxi drivers who adhere to strict conditions to obtain their license and who were outright “robbed” of their licenses. shopping and customers for months.

In 2023, more than 150 vehicles unauthorized by ADM, including those used for solicitation, have been identified. In total, nearly 1,700 events linked to illegal taxis were recorded and more than 650 offense notices were given.

In the opinion of ADM, the Law concerning the remunerated transport of persons by automobile adopted in 2019 led to the deregulation of transport. taxi industry and, more specifically, the problem of illegal taxis and solicitation at the airport.

The law, passed as Bill 17, abolished the province's costly taxi licensing system while integrating app-based ride-hailing services into provincial regulations. The ban on solicitation had also essentially been abandoned, lamented last March Anne-Sophie Hamel, the airport's communications director (New window).

Because of this law, some taxis were in a gray area, the port authority maintains: Although ADM requires an operating permit – there are 400 in force currently – nothing from a point of view legal view [did not] prevent a taxi not authorized by ADM from providing transportation departing from [Montreal-Trudeau airport].

The application of this law had created a significant breach which led to the bleak situation which worsened in 2022 with the resumption of activities airlines [after the pandemic].

A quote from Aéroports de Montréal

This law also led to the closure, at the end of 2022, of the Montreal Taxi Bureau, which was responsible for monitoring the situation at the airport.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The new regulation certainly regulates the practice of paid transport of people to the [airport] by legally reinstating the notion of designated place, which means that a unauthorized driver who offers his services at [the airport] will receive significant sanctions, concludes ADM.

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