Bananas MP wants to ban rickshaws from London's streets

Linda Perham, Labour MP for Ilford North, has tabled an Early Day Motion against the use of pedicabs and rickshaws in London, calling them "dangerous...deathtraps" that are "expensive" and a "third world transport mode." Watch out for any MPs signing the motion, and try to get them to support a wonderfully funny amendment instead...
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Perham is championing the anti-rickshaw campaign of the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association.

LTDA general secretary Bob Oddy said rickshaw riders were "neferious...pirates" who "dupe" passengers "into joyriding in their potential death-traps."

For the full text of Oddy's editorial rant, go here:

Here's Perham's motion, the wording of which is uncannily like the editorial penned by Oddy:


That this House notes with dismay the increasing number of pedicabs or rickshaws on the streets of London; believes that pedicabs are deathtraps, since their construction and maintenance standards are unchecked and unregulated, and their riders often inexperienced about London's streets and traffic; notes that pedicab fares are unregulated and are up to five times more than London taxi prices; and believes that far from being a colourful addition to the streetscape in the capital pedicabs are a dangerous, expensive and third world transport mode unneeded in a world class city.

Check which MPs sign up to Perham's potty proposal here:

If need be, lobby your own MP by locating them here:

Jane Griffiths MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, has added an amendment which would turn the EDM on its head:

Line 1, leave out from `with' to end and insert `delight the increasing number of pedicabs or rickshaws on the streets of London; notes that pedicab fares are unregulated; calls on the Government to consider introducing pedicab fare regulation; and believes that pedicabs are a colourful addition to the streetscape in a world class city.'

Here's what Ms Perham looks like:

It will be interesting to see whether she gets much support for her EDM. It's unlikely to be as successful as a previous one. Last year she got 101 MPs to sign her EDM requesting the Palace of Westminster should stock Fairtrade bananas...

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