The closing of the Taxi Office was foreseeable

The closing of the Taxi Office was foreseeable

After announcing to its employees the closure of the institution, the Taxi Office prepares its employees for the future. The strategy for dissolving the board of directors should be presented soon, indicates the Bureau’s communications officer, Marianne Bourque, in an email sent to Subway.

If the vagueness remains as to the future of the employees of the paramunicipal organization, the end of the latter was quite predictable. In particular because the law concerning remunerated passenger transport by automobile, which came into force in October 2020, took away a large part of its powers from the Bureau.

In an email sent following the publication of our article, the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) indicates that in November 2020, the City of Montreal sent the Ministry a request to reach a financial agreement that could allow the continuation of the activities of the Bureau de taxi de Montréal (BTM), for a transitional period of two years from January 1, 2021, at the end of which the BTM would cease its activities.

Following this request, the ministry granted the Bureau du taxi a subsidy of $4.6 million for the years 2021 and 2022 “for the continuity of its activities until December 31, 2022”. The Bureau’s 2021 financial report also pointed out that its economic existence was “dependent on revenue from the Montreal agglomeration and financial assistance from the MTQ”.

The mayor’s office says it is working “to ensure a healthy transition both with employees and with the industry and its partners until the end of activities”, on December 31, 2022.

The future of employees on hold

It should be noted that the Bureau du taxi service center had closed at the end of June 2021 following the entry into force of the law concerning remunerated passenger transportation by automobile. A first step towards its total closure. Especially since “in the event that the BTM wishes to continue its development activities, for example, the City of Montreal specified that the ministry would not have to finance such activities”, assures the ministry.

The executive committee of the City of Montreal also claimed to be “currently in discussion with the Ministry of Transport of Quebec concerning the loan of personnel”. This was also pointed out in the Bureau’s annual report.

“No discussion or negotiation is taking place on this subject,” retorts the ministry. The MTQ ensures that it has never committed to hiring the municipal employees of Montreal assigned to the BTM. On the other hand, these employees are free to submit their application to Quebec Road Control, specifies the government.

“We are still determined to find a solution with the ministry to avoid a loss of expertise following the end of the temporary funding agreement with the Government of Quebec,” says Marikym Gaudreault, press secretary to the city’s executive committee. from Montreal.

The Bureau du taxi de Montréal has a total of 38 employees, whose contracts will expire at the end of the year. It also casts doubt on the future of the taxi industry in Montreal. For the president of the Association of taxi owners in Montreal, Max-Louis Rosalbert, the law concerning the remunerated transport of people by automobile was a way for the government to “kill the taxi industry” for the benefit of Uber.

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