Six pedicab drivers have been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling more than £3,000 after breaking noise laws in London’s West End.
They were prosecuted for playing loud music from their pedicabs at night in Oxford Street and Regent Street.
Westminster City Council said it received more than 50 complaints about pedicab noise between April and September last year.
It said “blaring out music” was “unacceptable and against the law”.
Nabel Ashawish, 27, of Haydon Walk, Aldgate; Alamgir Hussain, 29, of London Road, Romford; Yahya Kemal of Pemberton Road, Finsbury Park and Evlogi Savov, 24, of Wallcote Avenue, Cricklewood, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 29 January.
They admitted playing loud music contrary to the Control of Pollution Act and were fined a total of £1315.
Hassan Adan, 27, of Pendragon Road, Bromley and Abdul Azad, 30, of Stepney Way, Whitechapel, were fined £1730 in their absence on Wednesday.
Westminster Council said one night last September, a family counted 33 pedicabs with speakers going past their home near Marble Arch in less than three hours.
Electric rickshaws are again a common sight in the west end.
The Met Police had a couple of high profile opperations last year, where electric powered rickshaws were carted away on low-loaders with a host of media photographers in attendance.
The operations took place after a number of accidents involving these vehicles traveling at unacceptable speeds.
But it seems the electric rickshaws have now crept back and the authorities don’t seem to bothered.
Most of the electric rickshaws are driven by female riders.
If a Rickshaw is electrically powered then it follows that the wheels are propelled via an electric motor which in turn would mean that the Rickshaw then becomes a Motor Vehicle and a Motor Vehicle that Ply’s its trade for public hire on the streets of London needs to be licensed which means that these Motor Rickshaws then come under the control of LTPH.
Maybe its time for LTPH to put one of these Motor Rickshaws through the testing procedure and test it to the letter of the manual.