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‘It’s like a jungle’: London’s pedicab cyclists welcome licences but not price controls

‘It’s like a jungle’: London’s pedicab cyclists welcome licences but not price controls

Edward and Tiffany, from California, rode in a pedicab twice during their trip to London. ‘We love these,’ Edward said. Regulations for carriages, which have…

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Edward and Tiffany, from California, rode in a pedicab twice during their trip to London. ‘We love these,’ Edward said. Regulations for carriages, which have been accused of ripping off tourists, announced in king’s speech

On their last night in London , and for the second time on their trip, tourists Edward and Tiffany, from California, jumped into a pedal-powered taxi cab, commonly referred to as pedicabs. “We just want to experience all the culture of London and we love these,” Edward said, pointing at the bike decorated in faux fur and neon lights.

“I started off selling food in the streets, so for me to be able to support him, it’s important. I know he’ll probably have a family he’s supporting, so it’s nice to just give back to the people,” he said.

For many years pedicab cyclists have been regarded as the outlaws of the West End, operating with no regulation and no cap on prices.

Concerns have been raised about rogue operators scamming tourists into shelling out extortionate fares for journeys that are a short walk or would cost a couple of pounds on public transport, and over the loud music some play late into the night. Many pedicab cyclists believe licences will offer reassurance to their customers. This week, King Charles introduced a bill that is expected to bring in a new licensing system for the three-wheeled rickshaw-style carriages, which the king described as a “scourge” on the capital.

While most pedicab cyclists have welcomed legislation that would set fare […]

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