Police in Rickshaw Crackdown!!


Police are using 19th-century laws designed to tackle the “furious riding” of horse-drawn carts to deal with rickshaw drivers.

A string of pedicabs were impounded last night at the launch of a six-month blitz on West End crime, as officers called for them to be banned.

Hundreds of police were involved in high-profile patrols under the Met’s Operation Trafalgar, launched to present the West End in its best light in Olympic year.

They aim to target brawling drunks, drug dealers, pickpockets, unlicensed minicabs and dangerous rickshaw driving. Police also manned a chill-out tent in Piccadilly for drinkers to sober up before making their way safely home.

By early evening, seven rickshaws were taken off the street using the Metropolitan Police Act 1839, which prohibits “riding or driving furiously such as to endanger the life or limb of any person, or to the common danger of the passengers in the thoroughfare”.

For groups of parked rickshaws, a section of the Act criminalises anyone who “causes any cart or public carriage to stand longer than is necessary”.

Officers were issued with handbooks on how to apply the law. Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens, in charge of policing the West End, explained: “There are no laws that deal specifically with rickshaws — they are unregulated. So we are using the tools available. If we have to go back two centuries to apply the law, we will.

“I would like to see them taken off the road altogether. There is no protection. They put passengers at risk — particularly passengers who have had too much to drink — and the drivers are unqualified.”

Story taken from the Evening Standard

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One thought on “Police in Rickshaw Crackdown!!

  1. it is simple. london cabbies will survive if they all join onto one app. add lee has an app and they have 3,500 cars. if you guys join one app you have 23,000 cars.

    add lee with their app are basically plying for hire. someone presses a button and their car appears. why do they need to wait for a cab with the orange light on?

    the only way the london cabbie will beat them and survive is to all get on one app. if they do this, they have an army of 23,000 cars against add lee 3,500. so when someone needs a cab they know they are better off using the london black cab app.

    forget the touting and rickshaw distractions, they do not matter what matters is ply for hire and it is imperative the london cabbie retains it. they can do this by teaming together on one app. its i the way the world is going.

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