hree West End pedicab drivers have been fined for playing music too loudly at night time after enforcement officers report listening to Disney hit Let It Go blasting from audio system.
The crackdown from Westminster Council comes after enforcement officers reported listening to standard tracks blasting after 9pm, together with Whitney Houston’s basic I Wanna Dance With Somebody and Bob Marley’s Jamming.
A complete of £3,564 fines, prices, and victim surcharges have been handed down to three drivers at City of London Magistrates Court on November 16.
The drivers have been charged under the Control of Pollution Act for playing music too loudly after 9pm – currently the one prosecution Westminster Council can impose on drivers.
Councillor Aicha Less, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Protection said: “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.”
One driver was issued with a £400 positive, a victim surcharge of £160 and prices of £600, totalling £1,160. They didn’t attend court docket and a written plea was received.
A second driver additionally did no attend court docket and confronted fines totalling £920. A 3rd driver attended court docket with out illustration and challenged prices beforehand issued.
They have been ordered to pay a complete of £1000, lowered from £1535.
This newest round of prosecutions comes as Westminster Council prepares for big crowds at standard areas corresponding to Oxford Street, Winter Wonderland and Soho within the construct up to Christmas.
It has been warning vacationers of the risks of pedicabs and inspiring them to take various and licensed modes of transport corresponding to buses, Tubes and black cabs.
Posters have been circulated to greater than 300 companies and taxi drivers, and a number of other thousand flyers have been handed out by Metropolitan Police officers in hotspot areas to curb pedicab operators.
The native authority hopes costly fines will deter nuisance pedicabs from “ripping off unsuspecting tourists and disturbing residents”.
Councillor Less 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.”
It comes after Heart of London Business Chief Executive Ros Morgan labelled pedicabs “a real nuisance” for native companies.
“Part of the problem is that the laws governing pedicabs are comparatively ancient. They haven’t been updated since 1869 because the rickshaws are treated legally as ‘stage carriages’,” he wrote within the Standard.
“The Met and Westminster council have struggled to stop pedicab drivers from charging huge fares and driving dangerously because the vehicles are not regulated. Since November 2021, £17,375 worth of fines have been issued, but this has done little to deter them.”
The council is now working with the Department for Transport and TfL to draw up new guidelines on pedicabs, scheduled to be half of an upcoming Transport Bill.