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NYC changes rules on pedicab rates

NEW YORK — The New York City Council approved new regulations on Tuesday for pedicabs, intended to prevent tourists from being taken for a ride.

The council unanimously voted to require that pedicab drivers charge by the minute, with the timer clearly visible.

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The current pricing system for the adult tricycles with room for three passengers is confusing and can lead to sticker shock at the end of a ride. Most pedicab drivers charge by the city block and per passenger, and some add fees and surcharges. In one case during the summer, a family from Texas paid more than $400 for a 14-block ride.

‘‘We are committed to taming what we call midtown’s Wild West,’’ said City Councilman Daniel Garodnick.

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Under the legislation, which Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he will sign, pedicab drivers will charge the same amount per minute for one, two, or three passengers.

Associated Press

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