Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Does This Prove That Rickshaws Are Unsafe?

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Does This Prove That Rickshaws Are Unsafe?

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Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS

THE war between London's black cab and rickshaw drivers was stepped up today as the taxi industry released film revealing the dangers of travelling in one of the pedal-powered vehicles.

In a simulated collision with a car two rickshaw "passengers" were hurled on to the vehicle's bonnet. The head of one crash-test dummy smashed into the car, the other was dragged along the road.

Scientists who conducted the 30mph collision warned in a real accident "any impact with a motor vehicle" was likely to result in "serious injury to both passengers and rider". An independent study documenting the crash tests was released. It comes at the height of a battle between London's black cab trade and the rickshaw industry which, taxi drivers claim, is blocking taxi ranks, bus lanes and pavements.

The Mayor's Transport for London department recently outlined plans to regulate rickshaws. Drivers will have to register for training and undergo criminal checks. …

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