Lord Storey – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Transport

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Lord Storey on 2016-06-06.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the drivers of rickshaws that carry paying passengers have to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check in line with the requirements for other taxi service providers.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

The legislation covering rickshaws, or pedicabs, is different across England.

In London they are classified as stage coaches, and therefore are exempted from taxi licensing and do not need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The Government however is looking to bring forward legislation to regulate pedicabs in London.

Outside London they fall under taxi licensing, and drivers must therefore pass the ‘fit and proper person’ test mandated by whichever local authority they are licensed in.