Rickshaws

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2539
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

There have been reports in the media recently of rickshaw drivers charging tourists hundreds of pounds for short journeys in Central London. What action are you taking to ensure visitors to London are not exploited in this way?

Answer

Answer for Rickshaws

Answer for Rickshaws

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The recent video showing a family of tourists being charged over £200 for a journey of just one mile is unacceptable and causes harm to the reputation of our city.

It is clear to me that unsafe pedicabs are a public safety issue and can cause serious disruption to traffic in central London. In addition, the riders are not subject to the same strict background checks Transport for London (TfL) undertakes for taxi and private hire drivers and vehicles, and there is no regulation of fares.

I have long been seeking legislation to bring pedicabs within TfL's regulatory framework and subject to its licensing regime. In respect of the draft Bill prepared by the Law Commission, while I have concerns with some of the content of the Bill, I certainly do support the provisions that would bring pedicabs within the scope of TfL's regulatory powers.

In May 2014, the Law Commission reported on taxi and private hire services and produced a draft Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles Bill. The Law Commission recommended that pedicabs should be regulated and should fall within the licensing regime. However, the Government is yet to respond to the Law Commission's report and there is no indication that the draft Bill will be introduced into Parliament in the near future.

Sir Peter Hendy CBE, the former Commissioner of Transport, wrote to all London MPs on 15 July asking for their support in pressing Government to bring forward proposals for primary legislation at the first available opportunity.

In the meantime, TfL will continue to work with Westminster City Council and the Metropolitan Police Service to run operations to tackle dangerous and antisocial behaviour from pedicab drivers.