San Diego pedicab drivers may be required to get a drivers license

— 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 driver’s license as a condition of pedicab permits.

The 62-3 vote sent the bill to the governor, who has not taken a position.

“If you get into a pedicab, you’re putting your safety in the hands of someone else,” 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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