MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, Nickie Aiken, is to introduce a 10-minute rule bill in an attempt to introduce the regulation of pedicabs in London. 

The 10-minute rule debate has been scheduled on April 21st when Parliament reconvenes. 

It will be proposed through the Bill that pedicabs would need a licence from Transport for London (TfL) to operate and TfL would be given the power to regulate the prices they charge and to set safety standards for the vehicles used.

Ms Aiken said on here website:

“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. These concerns include:

  • Playing loud music that can be heard several streets away, sometimes until late at night.
  • Local traffic congestion, particularly in Marylebone and the West End.
  • The high prices Pedicabs charge, which are not always clearly displayed.
  • Pedicabs lack of insurance, leaving passengers and other road users without protection if they are unlucky enough to be in an accident involving one.
  • Blocking pavements while they are parked up waiting for fares, which are often already heaving with pedestrians.
  • Drivers aggressively touting for business from passers-by

“I plan to put forward a 10-minute rule bill, which if it is passed into law, would bring pedicabs in line with taxis and private hire services. Like them, drivers would need a licence from Transport for London (TfL) to operate, TfL would be given the power to regulate the prices they charge and the vehicles they use would have be of a safe standard. It’s not about removing all pedicabs from our streets but ensuring that they operate in a safer way for everyone.”

Ten Minute Rule Bills are Private Members’ Bill that are introduced in the House of Commons and allows a backbench MP to make his or her case for a new Bill in a speech lasting up to ten minutes.

An opposing speech may also be made before the House decides whether or not the Bill should be introduced. If the MP is successful the Bill is taken to have had its first reading.

Stephen McCaffrey

Regulatory defence barrister specialising in taxi and private hire licensing law, appeals and defence.

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