Bill designed to bring pedicab regulations in-line with taxi and private hire vehicles shelved

Cities of London & Westminster MP Nickie Aiken’s 10-minute Rule Bill calling for increased regulation of pedicabs in Central London has been pushed back.

The Bill, which is designed to bring the regulation of pedicabs in-line with black cabs and private hire vehicles, will now be presented at a later date.

Speaking after the decision to shelve the regulatory bill for now, Aiken, said: “Unfortunately, it has been confirmed to me that I will not be able to present my Bill until further notice as the presentation of Private Member's Bills has been suspended to allow Parliament the time to pass legislation needed to establish a Virtual Parliament."

Some of the concerns listed by the MP supporting the Bill, included:

  • Playing loud music that can be heard several streets away, sometimes at night.

  • Local traffic congestion, particularly in Marylebone and the West End.

  • The high prices Pedicabs charge.

  • Lack of insurance, and

  • Aggressive touting from drivers.

Aiken added: "I have also been told that once this has been done the focus will be on Urgent Statements and Questions to allow the government to be held to account.

"On a personal level, although I find this frustrating and disappointing, I completely understand why Parliament has made this decision.

"Parliament needs to be up and running, holding the Government to account and focusing its attention on responding to Coronavirus.

"This is not the end for my Pedicabs Bill. I have been told by the authorities that I will be given time to present it as soon as Parliament begins debating Private Member's Bills again. I fully intend to do so. As soon as I know when that will be I will let you know.”

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