New York Pedicab Rules Delayed Until Owners Get Day in Court

By Nancy Moran
Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) -- New York City yesterday agreed to delay a pedicab law limiting licenses for the bicycle rickshaws so a judge can determine how the rules should be applied, an owners' group said.

The rules from the city's Consumer Affairs Department, set to go into effect today, were suspended until a judge considers the way pedicab licenses would be distributed under the law, the New York City Pedicab Owners' Association said in a statement on its Web site. The law limits licenses to 325, while there are an estimated 500 to 600 unregulated pedicabs in the city.

The rules would let people who don't own one of the bicycle-drawn carriages apply for a pedicab license, said Chad Marlow of the Public Advocacy Group LLC, the association's legal representative. He said the rules let anyone apply for a license if he or she can show involvement in the industry with evidence such as traffic tickets.
``There would be a rush of speculators coming in,'' he said in a telephone interview.
The New York City Council, citing a need to increase safety, in April overrode a veto by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and approved the pedicab law, including the limit on licenses to 325, he said.
The owners association also said Consumer Affairs' regulations would let an operator who owns one cab apply for up to 30 registration plates, in violation of the law that was passed.

``We're not trying to impose rules on the Department of Consumer Affairs, because we believe in them,'' Marlow said. ``We're just trying to force them to do what the pedicab law requires them to do.''
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Last Updated: September 20, 2007 11:11 EDT