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Pedicab drivers fined more than £5,000 in council crack-down

Published: 4 August 2022

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Pedicabs on a West End street

Six pedicab operators have been charged over £5000 following enforcement action by Westminster City Council, in partnership with Metropolitan Police, at City of London Magistrates Court under the Control of Pollution Act, 1974.

In this latest round of prosecutions on 27 July, fines, costs, and victim surcharges ranged between £350-£1514 for the six pedicab drivers, with a total of £5,029 being imposed.

One pedicab driver was initially found to have provided a false name and address after being caught by City Inspectors playing excessively loud music from a loudspeaker in the West End. During a subsequent operation, the same driver was caught again and their correct details were found. The court fined this individual £1019.

Since November 21, over 50 pedicab drivers have been reported for prosecutions. The council’s City Inspectors, alongside the police, have also moved hundreds of drivers on for creating serious accessibility issues by blocking the pavements in popular areas of such as Covent Garden, Soho, Leicester Square, Chinatown, and Mayfair.

In joint operations on 29 and 30 July, Westminster City Council officers worked with the police to crack down on pedicabs around Covent Garden, Oxford Street, and other areas within the West End.

During these operations, numerous riders were moved on after blocking footpaths outside theatres in Covent Garden and Leicester Square.

11 pedicab riders were reported for prosecution after playing excessively loud music from a loudspeaker, with a further 7 given verbal warnings.

Cllr Adam Hug, Leader of Westminster City Council, said:

“Unlicensed pedicabs are a dangerous nuisance across the West End. We’ve had enough of drivers blocking pavements and causing accessibility issues, annoying residents and businesses late at night, and charging extortionate fares to visitors.

“We hope that introducing new guidelines will set a high bar for safety and outline clear expectations for pedicab drivers, making sure passengers are safe and local people are not disturbed.

People visiting the West End deserve to be able to travel through our city safely without being ripped off by unregulated drivers. We will continue to work with the police to crack down on any pedicab drivers who flout the law.”