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City makes deal on pedicab rules

November 22, 2009 6:41:00 AM PST
New York City officials and bicycle taxi owners say they've agreed on licensing and safety requirements that will resolve a yearslong tussle over regulating the pedal-powered cabs. The pact was announced Sunday. Legislation formalizing it is expected soon.

The agreement comes after a judge struck down regulations arising from a 2007 effort to cap the number of bicycle taxis at 325, paring a fleet that had been estimated at 600.

The new plan would, instead, give anyone interested 60 days to apply for a pedicab license. That would be the only application opportunity for at least 18 months.

To get a license, pedicab owners would have to have insurance and pass an inspection of the vehicles' seatbelts, brakes, turn signals and other safety features.


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