DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Daytona Beach city commissioners unanimously approved new rules for pedicab drivers, which include new fees.
Pedicab owners packed Wednesday night’s meeting to tell commissioners how they think making them pay the fees will hurt their businesses.
“Most people that come into this profession riding a giant tricycle on the beach don’t come in with a big bank account,” said pedicab owner James Little.
The new rules require pedicab companies to pay a $35 fee each year for background checks, and identification badges for each employee.
The original plan called for a $65 fee for a pedicab permit that drivers would have to pay, but company owners argued some of their employees wouldn’t be able to afford that.
The stricter regulations come after a driver was arrested earlier on charges he raped a female customer.
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