Boris Johnson has backed plans to clamp down on pedicab drivers in Central London.
The government has confirmed they want to see drivers regulated after rumours of tourists being charged huge sums for short journeys.
Unlike other taxis, anyone is able to drive a pedicab into Central London and begin charging visitors for journeys.
Central London residents also despise the drivers because they play loud music at night while dropping party-goers off in Soho and Oxford Street.
But if a new bill is passed next week, pedicab drivers will have to get a licence from Transport for London (TfL) and will have limits on what they can charge.
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The MP for Cities of London and Westminster, Nickie Aiken, will present a new bill to Parliament next week- after a previous bill was rejected in 2020.
She said: “We are making progress on regulating pedicabs and I’m pleased that the government is backing my Bill.
“The issue is that pedicabs are not subject to any official checks on their safety, they are exempt from the rules that cover taxis, and I’ve received too many complaints from local people about noise and anti-social behaviour.
“My Bill will help fix this by introducing some basic regulations to make sure drivers and passengers, especially women, are kept safe.
“It’s not at all about banning pedicabs – in fact we need them here in the West End as they contribute to our amazing offer and experience.”
The new rules have also been backed by Westminster City Council.
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Environment minister Lord Benyon said: “The Government is aware of the long-standing concerns that pedicabs contribute to safety and traffic-related issues in central London.
“The current situation in London means that there are very few existing powers to control pedicab operations effectively.
He announced the Government will support the Tory MP’s bill, when it is in the House of Commons on Friday November 19.
He added: “The Government notes that there is currently a Private Member’s Bill, which would enable Transport for London to regulate pedicabs in London being taken forward by Nickie Aiken MP, the Pedicabs (London) Bill.
“I’m pleased to be able to confirm that the Government intends to join the very long list and support this Bill.”