Pedicab Accident's in NYC
Are Pedicabs in New York City Safe?
Do you know what to do if you are a driver or passenger involved in a Pedicab Accident?
What are the Rights and Responsibilities of Pedicab Drivers and Passengers
involved in Accidents?
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There has been conflicting evidence regarding the saftey of Pedicabs in
NYC. In 2009, the City cracked down on operators and owners, and attempted
to implement standardized rules for the ownership and operation of pedicabs
on New York City Streets. Pedicabs can be safer because they travel slower
than cars and taxis, hopefully translating to less serious injuries for
its riders and operators. However, like bikes, they share the city streets
with buses, cabs, and other vehicles. Their construction offers little
protection to their occupants. We have complied some quick information
for you if you were involved in a pedicab accident in New York City. If
you are a driver or passenger injured in an accident, we can help.
The following rules apply to Pedicab Operators and Owners.
In New York City, Pedicabs CANNOT operate without a DCA (NYC Dept. of Consumer
Affairs) issued Pedicab registration plate. An owner must also have a
Pedicab Business license. If you drive a Pedicab within the City of New
York, the operator must also have a Pedicab operator's license, obtained
by the D.C.A. To be eligible for or to maintain a Pedicab driver license,
an applicant or licensee must be at least eighteen years of age, possess
a currently valid motor vehicle driver's license that is in full force
and effect, and cannot have his or her motor vehicle driver's license
suspended or revoked.
Insurance is Mandatory.
An insurance policy must provide, at minimum, the following protection:
Coverage for injury or death of any person or persons, and damage to or
destruction of any property. Such policy of liability insurance shall
name the city of New York as an insured party.
Required Equipment for Pedicabs.
Each Pedicab operated in the city must be equipped with the following features:
Three or more wheels; seating for no more than three passengers; hydraulic
or mechanical disc or drum brakes, which are unaffected by rain or wet
conditions; a secondary or emergency brake system; battery-operated headlights,
which are capable of projecting a beam of light for a distance of 300
feet; battery-operated taillights which are visible from 500 feet; turn
lights; passenger seat belts; and audible signaling.
Notification of Accidents Relating to the Operation of Pedicabs.
(a) Every Pedicab business licensee and Pedicab driver must submit to the
Department, on a form provided for such purpose by the Department, a written
report of every accident relating to a Pedicab, within twenty-four hours
after the occurrence of such accident. Whenever any person sustains an
injury requiring medical treatment or dies in an accident related to a
Pedicab, the Pedicab business owner, to whom is issued a Pedicab business
license, shall immediately notify the Department by telephone and by facsimile
transmission, to the telephone numbers prescribed by the Department, and
furnish such information to identify the time and location of the accident,
as well as the nature of the injuries sustained by any persons.
Resources and Links-
New York City Pedicab License Rules
New York City Dept of Consumer Affairs-License Look-Up
If you are a Pedicab driver or passenger involved in an a Pedicab accident
in New York, contact us today at 1-866-Flanzig, or email us at