Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State at Department for Transport, has promised to introduce licensing legislation for pedicabs.
Giving evidence to the Transport Committee and responding to a question by Ben Bradshaw MP on the licensing, regulation and safety of pedicabs, Mr Shapps said:
"Excellent question. Yes, I am. We will be introducing in the next Session a law to control what I think is the wild west of pedicabs or rickshaws, particularly in London where there isn't legislation that accurately enables any type of proper licensing or control. I think it is high time. I know Parliament has expressed an interest, including through a series of Back-Bench Bills that, for one reason or another, or perhaps one person, have not proceeded through Parliament. We will do that on Government time in the transport Bill."
Commenting on the government's plans, London Pedicab Operators Association chair Friedel Schroder said: "Looking back at it now I can't believe it's taken this long.
"It's meant there's been a lot more negative press, evolved from just the fact individuals who should never be on these units are just free to operate."
Pedal Me owner Ben Knowles, who runs a fleet of pedicabs that pick up goods and people, said:
"They [pedicabs] have been undermined by the business models under which they're run and by the lack of regulation.
"So I'm really excited to see this regulation coming in because I think it might help boost standards across the industry and turn it into the reputable, useful service it always should have been."