Pedicabs noise - still
In 2010 Westminster council was warning pedicabs that blare out music up in the West End that they were risking fines of up to £5000. Yet many nights of the week it still sounds as if there is a full-blast pop concert going on, usually up to about 2am, and with a few die-hards waking residents up even at 4am.
When residents phone the environment line they are often told that the noise team do not deal with pedicabs noise as they are moving vehicles. So complaints are not even being registered on the noise database, which is what everyone looks at when an ongoing noise problem is brought to the attention of local councilors or whatever other authority is being appealed to for help by desperate, exhausted residents. The Metropolitan Police do apparently have powers to stop pedicab operators from blaring out noise at nuisance levels, but do not exercise that power. Even though the noise team say that noise complaints about pedicab noise are relayed on to the police. Residents cannot take their own legal action via magistrates courts as the pedicab folk are not going to give them their names and addresses.
Please could anyone who is suffering from this noise call the environment line and insist on registering a complaint about ongoing noise, and also contact their local councilors - this problem is being deliberately ignored. The new Met Police borough commander was told that residents have no problem with pedicabs noise. Let her know otherwise: Commander Newcomb, Charing Cross Police Station, Agar Street, London WC2N 4JP. This noise nuisance is also affecting Knightsbridge residents, so it is time the Met had a blitz on pedicabs with boomboxes.