The MP for the Cities of London and Westminster is to introduce a 10-minute rule bill in an attempt to introduce the regulation of pedicabs in the capital.
Nickie Aiken MP will seek to introduce the Bill when Parliament resumes tomorrow (21 April). On her website she said: “Pedicabs have long been a bone of contention for people living in near Central London’s tourist hotspots. 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.”
The Pedicabs (London) Bill will be debated in the Main Chamber at 14:30.