Taxi drivers hit the road in protest against UberX

A convoy of more than 100 taxis is making a slow journey from Montreal to Quebec City this morning for a demonstration at the National Assembly.

Taxi drivers want the ride-sharing service declared illegal

Taxi drivers are protesting against the ride-share service UberX, arguing it has an unfair advantage and is compromising their ability to make a living. (CBC)

A convoy of more than 100 taxis is making a slow journey from Montreal to Quebec City this morning for a demonstration at the National Assembly.

They're expected to stick to the minimum speed limit all the way.

For several months, taxi drivers have been staging similar demonstrations protesting UberX, arguing it has an unfair advantage and is compromising their ability to make a living. 

The service allows drivers to use their own vehicles and pick-up fares under the umbrella concept of ride-sharing, without a taxi licence. Mayor Denis Coderre and the Quebec government have called the UberX service illegal.

UberX is available in nearly 40 cities across Canada, including Montreal, Laval and Longueuil.

The taxi drivers gathered in the parking lot of Galeries d'Anjou this morning before heading toward the Lafontaine Tunnel. 

They said the 300-kilometre journey on Highway 20 would likely take four hours. 

with files from Canadian Press


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