10. The Commission shall issue the taxi owner’s permits to be used in a servicing area after sending a notice to the Association professionnelle des chauffeurs de taxi du Québec and after taking into consideration, where applicable, the maximum number of taxi owner’s permits it is authorized to issue and the conditions it must impose pursuant to an order made under the third paragraph. The Commission must, however, consider any application made by a person who shows that the issue of a permit is necessary to meet a specific need, in particular with respect to transportation services required by handicapped persons.
The Commission may fix special conditions and restrictions applicable to the maintenance of the taxi owner’s permit it issues.
The Government may, by order, for each servicing area it specifies, fix the maximum number of taxi owner’s permits that may be issued by the Commission according to the services specified by the Government and, where applicable, the conditions determined by the Government. The number, according to the Government’s assessment, must take into consideration, for each servicing area concerned, the balance to be kept between the demand for services by taxi and the profitability of the enterprises of the holders of a taxi owner’s permit. The conditions determined by the Government may limit the periods of service, the clienteles transported or any other terms and conditions of operation. An order may be made only after consultation, in particular, of the holders of a taxi owner’s permit concerned. The Minister of Transport shall decide, in each case, the consultation procedures and make them known to the public.