Westminster’s Labour Councillors have called on the Council to follow Camden Council’s lead and to start issuing fixed penalty notices to Pedicab operators who cause Anti-Social Behaviour.
The Anti-Social Behaviour includes noise disturbance late at night or in the early hours of the morning as well as other issues around the use of amplified music, noise generated when touting for business, disturbance caused by people when using pedicabs, dangerous riding, verbal abuse and swearing from operators and customers. The people who use pedicabs at these times are in turn often unknowingly getting into unlicensed vehicles and as a result could be making themselves vulnerable.
Camden Council has made use of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to address this behaviour in the borough at specific times and in identified locations. If a related PSPO is breached, the result will be punishable through the issuing of a fixed penalty notice to the value of £100 or on summary conviction by a maximum fine of £1000.
The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced “Public Space Protection Orders” (PSPOs) as one of the new powers. PSPOs allow local authorities to design and introduce requirements and prohibitions in regards to a wide range of behaviours where certain conditions are met. These conditions centre on the impact such behaviours have on the quality of life in a locality, the persistence of a problem and whether the impact on the community makes the behaviour unreasonable. Enforcement will be undertaken by police officers and accredited council officers. All prosecutions would be taken forward by the council.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Labour’s Built Environment spokesperson said:
“For many West End residents, pedicabs are a real nuisance, especially from loud late night noise and abusive behaviour from operators. This has been a growing problem for a number of years and it good to see neighbouring Camden Council taking positive action. Let’s hope that Westminster Council can learn from Camden’s initiative so that we, too, can protect West End residents and take action against this anti-social behaviour.”