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City Council Likely to Approve Pedicabs and Golf Carts on City Streets

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WACO - Drivers in Central Texas may be sharing the road with more vehicles starting this month.

On Tuesday, the Waco City Council voted in favor of allowing pedicabs, neighborhood electric vehicles and low-speed vehicles to operate on city streets all year round.

This ordinance passed on first reading, but the council needs to vote on it again for it to become official.

At least one business, WaytogoWaco, plans to have 10 pedicabs ready to operate downtown Waco for the first Baylor game of the season.

The city will regulate the operation of these vehicles for hire, under the proposed ordinance.

This ordinance restricts these vehicles to streets where the posted speed limit does not exceed 45 mph.

The fare for the service will be “tips-only” at the customer’s discretion.

Companies will need a business permit a driver’s permit, which includes a criminal background check.

The pedicabs, NEVs and LSVs will also need to be inspected and have all the proper safety equipment.

City Manager Dale Fisseler said drivers of these vehicles will have to follow the same traffic laws as everyone else.

"Obviously our concern about safety is our number one concern.We would be regulating pedicabs and electric vehicles for that reason,” said Fisseler. “If there is any kind of an incident where the drivers are intoxicated that is a reason to revoke those licenses."

The council will vote on this ordinance again on Aug. 19.

City leaders are also looking into allowing water taxis to get fans across the Brazos River on game days.

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