We caught up with local MP Nickie Aiken and the West End Action Team in Soho earlier. Nickie outlines the success of the campaign to bring in licensing of pedicabs. News that licensing will be included in the Queen's Speech is particularly welcomed in the West End - where residents complain of loud music blaring out day and night. Nickie explains
I'm in the heart of Soho with the Conservative West End team.
As you know, we have successfully campaigned to ensure that pedicab licensing is going to be included in the forthcoming Transport Bill, which will be announced in the Queen's Speech next week.
I know from talking to people in Soho, in Covent Garden and across Westminster that it's the noise that is generated from these pedicabs, particularly from the speakers blaring out music throughout the day and night.
And in this licensing regime, that will now stop. So I want to thank the guys here and to you for supporting the campaign and ensuring that we will be able to make pedicabs safer and more pleasant and ensure they do not create that antisocial behaviour with that awful noise.
West End Councillor Tim Barnes continues
In recent weeks and months, we've been able to make some significant inroads in kerbing the pedicab problem.
But we need this new legislation in order to put together a proper process for legislation and for licensing that will enable us to keep that going and bring the kind of controls we all want to see.
You can find out more about the West End Action Team online.