Nickie Aiken, Member of Parliament for the Cities of London & Westminster secured a guarantee of Government time for Pedicab regulation if her Pedicabs (London) Bill falls, during Prime Minister's Questions on the 23rd February.
Nickie is campaigning to ensure Pedicabs are safe for passengers, particularly women and girls safety, stop the blaring music many riders play and end the rip-off pricing by some operators which can see £180 charged for a 3 minute journey.
Nickie is continuing to make the case, and sat down with the London Pedicab Operators Association, Transport for London and the Department for Transport this morning. Having Government time provided is a huge step forward.
Speaking out in the Chamber, Nickie said,
"I have just come from a meeting with the London Pedicabs Operators Association, Transport for London and the Department for Transport, where sadly my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch confirmed that on Friday he will be objecting once again to my Pedicabs (London) Bill, which means it will fall.
"Does my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister agree that it is time we legislated for pedicabs, to ensure that they are safe for women and girls to use, that we rid ourselves of the dodgy fares and that the noise they create is regulated?
"Will he work with me to legislate for and to regulate pedicabs once and for all?"
Prime Minister Boris Johnson replied,
"When I was Mayor of London I always yearned to be in a position to put that through Parliament, and now I am. I am very grateful to my hon. Friend and we will ensure we give parliamentary time to make it possible. It will be a boon for cyclists and a boon for taxi drivers, and it is high time we did it."