NEW YORK CITY PEDICAB SCAMS IN THE NEWS
August 6, 2012 - Pedicab driver ‘tricks’ tourists for $442: riders (NY POST)
July 19, 2013 - Fleeced: Pedicab driver charges Japanese tourists $720 for 20-min. trip (NY POST)
July 23, 2013 - Square Is Being Abused By New York Pedicabs Who Scam Tourists With $600 Rides (BUSINESS INSIDER)
January 2, 2015 - Taken for a ride! Tourist charged $165 to travel less than a MILE in New York pedicab on New Year's Eve (DAILY MAIL UK)
October 31, 2016 - Exclusive: Manhattan 'bully' pedicab driver tries to charge whopping $500 ride to Pennsylvania tourists (NY DAILY NEWS)
January 19, 2018 - Pedicab riders shocked by bills topping $200, $400, even $600 (ABC NEWS)
New York Pedicab Services got the October 31, 2016 dated article by New York Daily News and January 19, 2018 dated article by ABC News published. New York Pedicab Services contacted New York Daily News and ABC News after the pedicab scam victims contacted New York Pedicab Services for help.
NEW YORK CITY PEDICAB SCAM CULTURE
Pedicabs started operating in New York City around 1995. Pedicabs have always been allowed to charge how much ever they want but the pedicab scam culture started in 2009 when New York City Council legalized passed "charge whatever you want" laws and the City of New York government has not cared about this scam culture since 2009 even though some new laws were passed in 2012 to address the issue.
An estimated 95% of the pedicab scams happen in Midtown Manhattan, between 57th Street and 34th Street, between 5:00 PM and 11:00 PM. An estimated 300 pedicab drivers work in these hours in Midtown Manhattan between April 1 and December 31. An estimated 250 of these pedicab drivers rely on scamming clueless tourists and locals.
An estimated 60% of the pedicab scams happen in the theater district in Midtown Manhattan between 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM.
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), the agency in charge of licensing and regulating the pedicabs in New York City, never enforces the pedicab laws in Midtown Manhattan (between 57th Street and 34th Street) after 5:00 PM despite the fact that they were informed about the issue of pedicab scams for many years.
New York Police Department does not understand the pedicab laws that are supposed to protect the public from the pedicab scams because New York City Council passed complicated and hard to understand and enforce laws for pedicabs. Even, the former police commissioner Bill Bratton openly stated that he could not understand the pedicab laws:
June 11, 2015 - Even Bill Bratton doesn’t understand pedicab laws (NY POST)
NEW YORK PEDICAB SERVICES DID NOT SCAM YOU
After getting scammed, the frustrated and angry pedicab scam victims go online and search for pedicabs in New York City and then write negative reviews on Trip Advisor and Yelp business pages of New York Pedicab Services. New York Pedicab Services did not scam you. New York Pedicab Services only works with prepaid bookings and you were scammed by a random shadow pedicab driver with no online presence.
Below are some of the examples of pedicab victims trashing New York Pedicab Services online despite the fact that they never booked any rides or tours with New York Pedicab Services:
KNOW WHAT IS LEGALLY REQUIRED ON A NEW YORK CITY PEDICAB
Below are the legally required equipment on a New York City Pedicab:
1. TIMER: in clear view of seated passengers pursuant to New York City Administrative Code Section 20-254 (12)
2. BUSINESS SIGN: in clear view of passengers pursuant to New York City Administrative Code Section 20-254 (13)
3. SIDE PANEL RATE CARDS: in clear view of passengers on both left and right panels of the pedicab pursuant to New York City Administrative Code Section 20-254 (14)
4. DRIVER SEAT RATE CARD: in clear view of seated passengers behind the driver seat of the pedicab pursuant to New York City Administrative Code Section 20-254 (15)
5. COPY OF PEDICAB DRIVER LICENSE: in clear view of passengers pursuant to New York City Administrative Code Section 20-258 (b)
6. PEDICAB INFORMATION CARD: to be provided by the pedicab driver before the ride starts and after the ride ends pursuant to New York City Administrative Code Section 20-260 (c)
SIDE PANEL RATE CARDS OF PEDICAB SCAMMERS
Below are some examples of side panel cards of pedicab scammers:
This rate card does not indicate the rate in numbers that are 2 inches tall. This rate does not have the legally required language. This rate has the logo of New York Pedicab Services despite the fact that this pedicab is not affiliated with New York Pedicab Services. This rate card has the logo of New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) despite the fact that the pedicab has never obtained permission from DCA for the use of logo. The purpose of the pedicab scammer is to reflect his scam as valid and legal by using the logo of DCA.
Most pedicab scammers hide their rate cards under their pedicabs' canopies only to reveal them at the end of the ride all in violation of New York City Administrative Code Section 20-254 (14).
Surprise! $7 per minute hiding right under the pedicab canopy. You might be lucky if your surprise card is only $7 per minute. It might be $9 or $10 or even $11 per minute. Beware!
PEDICAB SCAM RECEIPT SAMPLES
Below are some pedicab scam receipt samples:
Pedicab scammers use generic business names such as "Pedicap" to hide their real names with their Square accounts. They also charge taxes in violation of New York City Administrative Code Section 20-260 (c) (ii)
Another receipt of a pedicab scam done with Square. The scammer used "Pedicab NYC" as his business name in Square's system to hide his real name.
NEW YORK CITY PEDICAB SCAM VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE
Below are some videos taken by pedicab activists (there are a lot of honest drivers in the business as well):
$7 Per Minute Per Person Pedicab Scammers
Pedicab Scammer Charges $105 for a 15 Minute Ride
Pedicab Scammer Does Not Have Time To Explain His $170 Ride
Pedicab Scammer & His Portable Illegal Rate Card
Garth Busted A Pedicab Scammer in Times Square
Is Sergey Another Pedicab Scammer ???
Murat: Pedicab Fleet Owner to Pedicab Scammer
The video titled "Garth Busted A Pedicab Scammer in Times Square" demonstrates how the police officers are clueless about the pedicab laws to protect the public from getting scammed.
CAN YOU DO SOMETHING TO STOP THE PEDICAB SCAM CULTURE?
New York Pedicab Services has been fighting against and suffering from the pedicab scam culture in New York City since 2010. Please, support New York Pedicab Services by contacting New York City Council members in charge of Midtown Manhattan where pedicabs operate:
NYC Council Member Keith Powers
NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson
Maybe, they will listen to you.