Commenting on reports that Boris Johnson is planning a rickshaw ban in London, Labour’s London Assembly Transport Spokesperson Val Shawcross AM said:
“We do need to take action on rickshaws operating in London. We know that pedicabs can cause safety problems for pedestrians and other road users and we know that many are operating as private hire vehicles.
“A blanket ban is a step too far. What is need is a much greater level of control, with just a limited number of licences given to operate for tourists in a small number of safe locations. If Londoners want to use them for their personal use that is their choice, but let’s be clear that rickshaws should not be operating as taxis.
“We’ve been calling for action on rickshaws for years now, so it’s a little bizarre that the Mayor is only just waking up to the issue.”