SACRAMENTO â€” San Diego pedicab operators may soon have to prove they can drive a car before they can tote tourists around the Gaslamp Quarter.
The Assembly on Tuesday passed legislation that would allow the City Council to require a driverâ€™s license as a condition of pedicab permits.
The 62-3 vote sent the bill to the governor, who has not taken a position.
â€œIf you get into a pedicab, youâ€™re putting your safety in the hands of someone else,â€ explained Assemblyman Marty Block, D-San Diego, who is carrying the legislation.
The measure is sponsored by the city of San Diego as part of a broader clampdown on pedicabs following the death of an Illinois tourist who fell out of one of the pedal-powered, rickshaw-like carriers July 4, 2009, along the Martin Luther King Promenade.
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