89.1. The Minister may, by order, authorize pilot projects designed to experiment or innovate in the area of taxi transportation services or to study, improve or define standards applicable to that area. The Minister may also, within the scope of such pilot projects, authorize any person or body that is a holder of a taxi owner’s permit or a taxi transportation service intermediary’s permit issued under this Act, or a business partner of such a holder, to offer or provide taxi transportation services in compliance with standards and rules prescribed by the Minister that differ from those set out in this Act and the regulations or any other Act or regulation whose administration falls under the Minister’s responsibility, for the purpose of increasing the safety of users, improving the quality of the services offered, ensuring supply management of taxi transportation services that takes into consideration the public’s needs or fostering the development of the taxi transportation services industry, all in compliance with the principle of equity toward holders operating under any permit at the time the pilot project is implemented and with the applicable privacy protection rules.
Such pilot projects are to be conducted for a period of up to two years, which the Minister may extend by up to one year. The Minister may modify or terminate a pilot project at any time. The Minister may also determine the provisions of a pilot project whose violation constitutes an offence and determine the minimum and maximum amounts for which the offender is liable, which may not be less than $200 or more than $3,000.
The details of the pilot project must be published on the department’s and the Commission’s websites at least 20 days before its implementation.
The publication requirement set out in section 8 of the Regulations Act (chapter R-18.1) does not apply to a pilot project established under this section.
2015, c. 16, s. 11; 2016, c. 22, s. 3411.