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Quebec taxi drivers threaten to withhold income tax over Uber

Quebec taxi drivers are threatening to withhold income tax if the province doesn't pass a law cracking down on the ride-hailing service Uber by the end of the current National Assembly session.

Drivers want Couillard government to pass law cracking down ride-hailing service

Quebec 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)

Quebec taxi drivers are threatening to withhold income tax if the province doesn't pass a law cracking down on the ride-hailing service Uber by the end of the current National Assembly session.

Dominique Roy, president of Montreal's Diamond Taxi company, said Monday that taxi drivers across the province are fed up with the lack of action by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard's government.

"We've been waiting two years," he told CBC News.

The taxi drivers have already taken to the streets in protest several times.

In March, the province's taxi industry committee announced it would launch more pressure tactics if Quebec fails to table legislation on Uber and its low-cost UberX service, which connects passengers with drivers using their own personal vehicles.

Roy said the latest move targets the government — without hurting customers.

He estimates the withheld revenue will total $10 million a month. He said the money would be collected in a fund that would be handed over to the government once a law is passed.

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