(PX11) – New Pedi-cab rules took effect Friday.
The hope is to protect riders from being ripped off.
Now, fares must be displayed clearly, drivers must charge by the minute and carry a stopwatch calibrated by the Department of Consumer Affairs.
The city was forced to clamp down on drivers, after tourists complained of being hit by so-called “phantom prices.”
The acting president of the pedicab union says one driver charged a Japanese tourist $520 for a 20 minute ride.
Then, she returned home to find a total charge of $720 on her credit card statement.