Drivers Will Now Be Required To Charge By Minute, With Timer Clearly Visible

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg has signed off on a law meant to stop unsuspecting pedicab passengers from being taken for a ride in New York City.

A spokeswoman said Bloomberg signed the measure Thursday. He’d said Wednesday he needed to look into it further before he made a decision.

Spokeswoman Evelyn Erskine said Bloomberg did so and decided it would create a reasonable fare system and increase protections for passengers in the tricycle taxis.

The measure requires pedicab drivers to charge by the minute, with the timer clearly visible. Most drivers now charge by city block and per passenger. Some add surcharges.

One Texas family paid more than $400 for a 14-block ride this summer.

The city Pedicab Owners’ Association supports the new fare restriction. But a pedicab driver complained to the mayor about it Wednesday.

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