It looks like the folks at Boston Pedicab have set up a new shop in Seattle.Â Now that they are there, they want the city to regulate pedicabs and of course have all the old pedicab operators to get insurance and comply to new standards they are not used to.Â While it is appropriate for the pedicabs to be regulated by a city, and to have insurance to protect their customers, it is easy to see how the Seattle old timers would be irate that the new kids on the block are trying to force additional ongoing expenses upon them.Â Every time a city regulates pedicabs, especially when they have been quietly operating for years, there will be an established group that will resist the changes and won’t know how to deal with the new rules and regulations forced upon them.Â Witness Houston and New York City.
If a quick Google search is performed for “PEDICAB INSURANCE“,Â four insurance companies that will insure pedicabs can be found:
Â There may be more than these.Â If you are a trying to get an insurance policy for your pedicab company, get quotes from as many companies as you can and learn what exactly the policy covers.Â One good practice is to contact the transportation authority in your city and ask for the names of the insurance companies currently in use for pedicabs.Â If your city does not have any on file, contact other transportation departments of cities in your state where pedicabs are operated and ask for the names of the insurance companies used by pedicab companies in that city.
by CHRIS DANIELS / KING 5 News
Posted on April 28, 2011 at 9:06 AM
SEATTLE — After a deadly pedicab accident in 2008, there were calls for immediate changes to regulation to make them safer. But still nothing has happened.
Brad Drago is a Seattle pedicab driver.
“I’m my own boss, make my own hours, good money,” he said.
So does Dan DeCordova, who’d like to see some safety and training regulation in his business.
“We’re being forced to operate in a gray area, and screaming to come out into the light,” Dan said.
These and other drivers have been pushing for uniform rules since the deadly accident at Western and Cedar in 2008 that was caused by bad brakes. But to this point almost two and a half years later, nothing has really changed.
Fred Podesta, Seattle’s Director of Finance and Administrative Services, says the issue is complex.
“Day in, day out, there aren’t a lot of problems,” said Podesta. “We’re still looking at what is the problem we’re trying to solve, and what would the solutions look like, and how do you pay for that.”
One hang up is whether the city should force drivers to have insurance. That’s a clause backed by a Boston-based pedicab company, which just opened a branch in Seattle.
“There is not that much insurance out there for us,” said DeCordova. He also worries extra fees of any sort could bring business to a halt.
Right now, Seattle only requires pedicab drivers to carry a business license. Not even a safety inspection is required.