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N.Y. Might Lay Down the Law on Bike Taxis

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NEW YORK , US (Feb 28)— The first pedicabs in the city appeared a decade ago. They cater primarily to tourists, and are especially popular after Broadway plays when empty taxis become scarce. But about 300 to 400 of the three-wheelers now prowl Midtown, and have drawn the attention of the City Council, which will […]

NEW YORK , US (Feb 28)— The first pedicabs in the city appeared a decade ago. They cater primarily to tourists, and are especially popular after Broadway plays when empty taxis become scarce.
But about 300 to 400 of the three-wheelers now prowl Midtown, and have drawn the attention of the City Council, which will hold a hearing Tuesday to consider regulating the pedicab industry.
The city likes pedicabs, said Peter Pastor, legislative director for Councilman Alan Gerson. But with no rules governing pedicab operation, there’s no way to ensure that drivers follow basic safety rules.

“Somebody’s going to get hurt one of these days,” Pastor said.
The proposed regulation would require drivers to be licensed and insured. They would also have to go through training and pass a test, and their vehicles would have to be inspected.

During peak season from April through December, a driver can earn $2,000 a week and as much as $800 on a Saturday.

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