Mayor Moves To Ban 'Dangerous' Pedicabs
Friday 14th December 2012
Boris Johnson is seeking to ban the dangerous, unlicensed pedicabs in London.
The Mayor of London and TfL have asked for the law to be changed over the 'novelty' vehicles, arguing that they should be governed in the same way as taxis.
The number of tuk-tuks in the West End has risen sharply in recent years and they are increasingly causing congestion on key roads in the capital.
The video above shows pedicabs breaking the law - rushing through red lights and driving on the pavement.
TfL figures show that between October 2011 and November 2012, there were 365 arrests and 839 warnings issued to pedicab drivers for offences such as dangerous riding, causing obstruction and cycling on a footway.
Boris Johnson said: "Although there are a number of responsible pedicab companies, the fact is that these vehicles jam up the capital’s roads and consistently fail to ensure the safety of their passengers.
“Whereas other forms of public transport have measures in place to protect passengers, with pedicabs anyone can just hop aboard and ply for hire. It has become clear that a voluntary registration scheme would not have produced a robust solution.
"That’s why we and a wide range of businesses, local authorities and West End institutions are calling for TfL to be given the powers to remove them from the streets."
Mark Field, MP for the City of London and Westminster, said: "The numbers of pedicabs have exploded over the past few years and, aside from the regular aggravation they cause local residents and other road users, there is increasing concern that these unlicensed, unregulated vehicles may cause serious accidents. I welcome the effort put in by Westminster, TfL and the police to make sure that the streets are a safe place."