Illegal Rickshaws

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th July 2019.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

What are you doing to tackle illegal Rickshaws in and around Oxford Circus?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

It is vital that any passenger-carrying transport service is appropriately licensed and regulated. There needs to be proper background checks on the rider and pedicab to ensure that they are safe. Regulation would allow Transport for London (TfL) to set and enforce standards of rider and pedicab safety and make it a requirement for all pedicabs to hold appropriate insurance

While I am encouraged that Government has once again indicated it would seek legislation to regulate pedicabs, TfL and I am disappointed by the lack of progress.

A private members bill to regulate pedicabs, sponsored by Paul Scully MP, was expected to have its second reading debate on Friday 11 May 2018, but an objection was raised. We are now waiting for the date of the second reading to be announced. The Government has, however, stated that, should the Pedicabs (London) Bill not become law, it will put forward its own legislation when time permits.

In the meantime, TfL will continue to work closely with the police as part of my Vision Zero Approach to reduce road danger in London and prevent all fatal and serious injury collisions by 2041.