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£3,500 in fines for three Westminster pedicab drivers

Published: 22 November 2022

Westminster City Council has secured prosecutions against more pedicab operators for antisocial behaviour in the lead up to the festive season.

On Thursday 16 November, three pedicab operators appeared at City of London Magistrates Court for charges under the Control of Pollution Act 1974. A total of £3,564 fines, costs, and victim surcharges were handed down.

This latest round of prosecutions comes as Westminster prepares for large crowds at popular locations such as Oxford Street, Winter Wonderland and Soho in the build up to Christmas.

The prosecutions follow the council’s campaign warning visitor to ‘be careful what you get into’ - highlighting the dangers of unsafe pedicabs and encouraging to take alternative and licensed modes of transport such as buses, London Underground and black cabs. Posters have been circulated to over 300 businesses and taxi drivers, as well as several thousand flyers being handed out by Metropolitan Police officers in hotspot areas to curb pedicab operators.

The local authority hopes the consistently high fines will deter nuisance pedicabs from ripping off unsuspecting tourists and disturbing residents.

Cllr Aicha Less, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Protection said:

Westminster is a popular destination for visitors at this time of year as we look forward to Christmas, and we don’t want unsuspecting tourists to be preyed upon by pedicab drivers who charge extortionate fares.

Last week’s result shows our determination to tackle this nuisance on our streets. I urge visitors to Westminster to use safer forms of public transport when doing their Christmas shopping or attending festive parties. Get the bus, tube, or a black cab, and get home safely.”