Nickie Aiken, MP for the Cities of London & Westminster spoke up in Parliament during a debate led by Peter Gibson MP on Taxi & Private Hire Vehicles to make the case for why a licensing regime for pedicabs in London is needed.
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Speaking out in the Chamber, Nickie said,
"I congratulate my hon. Friend on this excellent private Member’s Bill. I am fascinated to hear what he is saying about the regulation and licensing of private hire vehicles.
"In London, we have the issue of pedicabs, which can be considered a private hire vehicle but have no licensing regime. We do not know who the drivers are, or how safe they are—in fact, we do not know how safe their vehicles are.
"Does my hon. Friend agree that it is about time that we had a proper licensing regime for pedicabs in London?"
Peter Gibson MP, who brought the debate, replied,
"I am grateful to my hon. Friend for her intervention. She, too, knows the challenges of steering private Members’ Bills through the House, and she rightly continues to raise the issue of pedicabs and to press the House to deliver legislation to deal with it. She has been a tremendous champion of that, and I look forward to her continuing that campaign."
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