Riding in one of New York City's pedicabs has always been something of a crapshoot: sure, it's possible to find an honest driver, but often riders are stuck with an unreasonable bill typically loaded with block-based charges and, believe it or not, hidden surcharges. In a move that the industry is likely to bemoan and riders adore, new regulations have been approved that will standardize fees with visible timers.
The New York City Council approved new regulations for pedicabs Tuesday 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.