There are no legally set rates for pedicabs in New York City as the law allows the pedicab drivers to charge how much ever they want as long the driver complies with the legal requirements.
The pedicab drivers illegally charge $7 to $9 per minute per ride. They scam the clueless tourists and the New York City government has been hands off on this issue since 2009.
According to the local New York City laws, 1) rates for pedicab rides are calculated per minute per pedicab and 2) it is illegal for a pedicab driver to charge per passenger or additional fees or taxes.
ON DEMAND RIDES VERSUS SCHEDULED RIDES
If you are booking a pedicab with an online or offline pedicab business, that is a scheduled ride or tour.
If you are hiring a pedicab on the spot in New York City, that is an on demand pedicab ride or tour.
With a scheduled ride, the driver has to stop looking for other customers (hail rides) on the street one hour prior to the scheduled time. That one hour wait time is usually reflected on the rates posted by the pedicab businesses online or offline.
With an on demand ride, the driver does not have any time loss.
Despite the fact that the on demand rides should be cheaper than the scheduled rides, the pedicab industry in New York City is filled with scammers who overcharge passengers illegally and the industry’s reputation has been bad since 2009.
PEDICAB SCAMS IN NEW YORK CITY
If you were scammed by a pedicab driver in New York City, please, read all the information and file complaints with the government agencies stated at the link below:
If you stopped New York Pedicab Services for a Point A to B ride on the street, New York Pedicab Services would not charge you more than $2 per minute per ride.
Do not hire a random pedicab driver in New York City because you risk getting scammed by a shadow driver with no online presence. Instead, contact New York Pedicab Services, receive a full quote from New York Pedicab Services, make an informed decision and book a scheduled ride or tour with New York Pedicab Services with no surprises.
On November 14, 2022, New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Agency announced that the agency will accept applications for the 2022 pedicab lottery from November 14, 2022 to December 13, 2022.
All interested applicants can apply by submitting a completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org .