Dory Saliba, the president of Hochelaga Taxi and president of the Taxi Industry Development Committee, says there have been talks ongoing with the government for about 3 years, but the rule should finally take effect in January 2014.
It would require people who wish to obtain a permit to drive a cab to undergo a criminal background check.
Saliba says a minor theft at a depanneur during your teen years would likely not stand in the way of obtaining a permit, but more serious offenses like fraud and assault would not be tolerated.
He says the move would help "clean-up" the taxi industry and make it much more credible.
Taxi drivers CJAD spoke to at the stand on Atwater are welcoming the news.
"It is going to clean things up a little," one says.
It's a good thing for the image of the taxi industry," says another.
Saliba says drivers would also be required to submit a certificate proving their clean record every two years.