Most recently I discussed the urgent need to regulate pedicabs with the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps during our meeting in August 2019. My Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander, also raised the issue with Baroness Vere of Norbiton in October 2019.
Pedicabs disproportionately affect London, and their unregulated status creates significant risks for the safety of our road network. Passengers are put at risk when riding in vehicles with unknown operators and uncontrolled safety standards. Fares can be extortionate, as TfL has no powers to regulate them – leaving many passengers feeling exploited and tarnishing our city’s reputation. It is unacceptable that TfL is unable to act to ensure the safe and fair operation of the network at all times.
The Government has previously indicated its willingness to put forward legislation on this matter when time permits, and it must do so urgently. TfL and I continue to lobby the Government on this issue.