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Ordinance would require pedicab operators to have Calif. driver's license

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Pedicab operators in San Diego would need to get a California driver's license under an ordinance approved by a City Council committee Wednesday.

The Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee voted unanimously to forward the ordinance to the full City Council for a vote.

In September, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed state legislation that gave cities the authority to require operators of the pedal-driven vehicles to have a driver's license.

Assembly Bill 2294, authored by Assemblyman Marty Block, D-San Diego, also gave municipalities the authority to regulate how they license pedicabs and their operators.

Last year, the City Council adopted tough regulations for pedicabs, which capped the number of the vehicles which are allowed to operate in the city, established restricted zones and required seat belts.

The tough laws on pedicabs were imposed in response to the July 2009 death of a convention visitor, who fell from a pedicab in the Marina area and later died.

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