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pedicab operator has been ordered to return his £180 fee following a crackdown by police.

Two women told officers how one operator informed them their three-minute journey would cost just £18 but when they came to pay, an additional zero was added to the fee.

After tracking down the operator, Westminster City Council enforcement officers and police told the cyclist to return the money.

Councillor Heather Acton, Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration, said: “Pedicab operators are an unlicensed nuisance that have plagued the West End for years, preying on tourists and annoying local residents

“There is little regulation around them and they are uninsured – there are serious safety concerns around them.

The operation took place last weekend

/ Westminster council

“As with Saturday night’s operation the council works with the police when criminality is involved, but there are limitations on our powers.

“With the West End beginning to recover from 18 months of restrictions and disruption, it’s time for the government to act and ensure that pedicab drivers undergo safety checks and pay road tax.

“Residents deserve respite from noise and our visitors should be safeguarded from vulnerable vehicles, sharp practice and scams.”

The operation, which covered Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Soho, China Town, Mayfair, and Oxford Street, saw nine pedicab riders being reported under the Control of Pollution Act 1974 for playing music “likely to an annoyance”.

The officers also issued two written warnings to pedicab riders under the Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 for blocking a public footway and playing music past 9pm.

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