Cycle-rickshaws provide a novel and cheap way for quick journeys round central London areas such as Oxford Street and Westminster, however some attached with motors have attracted the interest of Scotland Yard, which seized sixty five of these in a recent crackdown.
Rickshaws geared up with motors to expand velocity contravene rules, on the grounds that they come to be labeled as ‘motor vehicles’, which requires them to be taxed, insured and registered. Drivers of modified rickshaws also require a driving license.
Geoff Tatman of Scotland Yard said: “This operation was aimed at focused on pedicabs outfitted with electric powered motors. The alteration result in their universal power outage and speed increasing, and due to this fact defines them as motor cars with the requirement for gorgeous documentation”.
“We are decided to preserve the streets of central London safe for all, and this successful operation demonstrates that those who pick out to flout the law will be dealt with robustly,” Tatman added.
Cycle-rickshaws are an increasing number of visible in central London, while numerous towns throughout the United Kingdom have allowed auto-rickshaws (mostly imported from India) to ply on their streets after making sure they meet safety and different regulations.
Towns permitting such auto-rickshaws encompass Cardiff, Southampton, Brighton and Hove, Worcestershire and Liverpool. Also known domestically as ‘tuk-tuk’, they in the main operate as private rent and run on CNG or battery.