Drivers will now have to clearly display prices, carry a stopwatch calibrated by the Department of Consumer Affairs and charge by the minute.
Previously, many drivers charged by city block and per passenger. Some added surcharges.
“The signs are complicated, people don’t understand them so drivers often add phantom charges to already ridiculous charges,” said Laramie Flick, acting president of the NYC Pedicab Owners Association. “There’s a lot of guys who survive as pedicab drivers only because they have the chutzpah to tell somebody their eight minute ride was $93.”