Hearing Held On Pedicab Industry Regulations

WNYC Newsroom

NEW YORK, NY December 11, 2006 —The burgeoning pedicab industry is bracing itself for government regulation.

This afternoon, the city council will debate two competing bills that, if passed, would limit the number of licensed pedicabs on the streets to 300. The pedicab drivers would need to renew their licenses annually at a cost of between $50-125. They'd also need insurance and would have to take a class and pass a written exam.

The Council also wants to limit the number of passengers allowed in the back seat. A pedicab industry trade group mostly supports the bill, but it doesn't support a measure that would prohibit pedicabs from entering Central Park.