Member of Parliament for the Cities of London & Westminster, Nickie Aiken, has announced plans to table a 10-minute rule bill calling for greater regulation of pedicabs across Greater London. Nickie plans to table the bill when Parliament returns on Tuesday.
Explaining her reasons for tabling the bill Nickie commented, “Although great fun for many of the people that use them, a large number of local people have complained to me and to local Councillors about the problems pedicabs cause. As things stand there is very little that either me or local Councillors can do to resolve these issues.
This is because pedicabs are exempt from the regulations that cover taxi and private hire services. Pedicabs for example do not need a licence to operate and are allowed to set their own prices. Pedicabs are also not subject to any official checks on the safety and ability of their drivers nor the road worthiness of the itself vehicles, unlike black cabs and private hire taxis.
Greater regulation, to bring pedicabs in line with taxi and private hire services, would help resolve many of the concerns people have about the growth of pedicab use in the capital.”
Nickie added, “This bill is not about removing all pedicabs from our streets but ensuring that they operate in a safer way for everyone.”
If you support this change, and want regulation please show your support by signing your name here, and encouraging friends and neighbours to do likewise.