Taxi drivers in Montreal plan airport blockade to protest Uber

MONTREAL -- Some of Montreal's taxi and limousine drivers are targeting the city's airport this morning as part of their protest against against Uber.

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Dozens of cabs are lined up outside Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

A spokesman for the cabbies, Benoit Jugand, says Uber is allowed to operate at the airport, even though the taxi industry has a $2.5-million contract with the agency that runs the facility.

Other protests are set for elsewhere in the city later in the day.

The Quebec branch of the United Steelworkers union, which represents many Montreal taxi drivers, wants to pressure the province into forcing Uber to stop operating during the upcoming legislative inquiry into the taxi industry.

Last week the Quebec government announced it would create a commission looking into ways of integrating new technological entrants into the highly regulated taxi business.

Taxi drivers across the province say the government hasn't done enough to clamp down on Uber drivers, who they say have been undercutting fares and operating outside the law.

Jugand says his members won't take the population hostage by blocking access to hospitals or bridges.


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