Article 4.5. Operation Of Pedicabs of California Vehicle Code >> Division 11. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 4.5.
(a) A pedicab defined in subdivision (c) of Section 467.5
shall operate subject to all of the following requirements:
(1) The pedicab shall have a seating capacity for not more than 15
(2) The pedicab shall be authorized by local ordinance or
resolution to operate within the applicable local jurisdiction.
(3) The operator of the pedicab shall be at least 21 years of age,
with a valid California driver's license.
(4) The pedicab shall be equipped with seatbelts for all
passengers, seat backs, brakes, reflectors, headlights, and grab
rails. The pedicab shall be inspected annually for compliance with
the requirements of this paragraph by an entity designated by the
local jurisdiction that authorized the pedicab to operate. The entity
may charge a reasonable fee to cover the costs of the inspection. A
pedicab that does not meet these requirements shall meet these
requirements by January 1, 2017, in order to continue operation.
(5) The operator of the pedicab shall at all times be able to
establish financial responsibility in a minimum amount of one million
dollars ($1,000,000) general liability insurance coverage and an
additional five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) general umbrella
insurance that covers the pedicab. The local jurisdiction that
authorized the pedicab to operate may require additional proof of
(6) A pedicab shall not operate on any highway under the
jurisdiction of the local authority unless authorized by resolution
or ordinance. A pedicab shall not operate on any freeway and shall
not operate on any highway with a posted speed limit in excess of 30
miles per hour, except to cross the highway at an intersection.
(7) The operator of the pedicab shall annually report to the
Department of the California Highway Patrol, commencing on January 1,
2016, any accidents caused or experienced by the pedicabs.
(8) The pedicab shall not load or unload passengers on roadways or
in the middle of highways.
(9) Pedicabs shall be operated as close as practicable to the
right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, except when necessary to
overtake another vehicle, to avoid a stationary object, or when
preparing to make a left turn.
(b) This article only applies to pedicabs defined by subdivision
(c) of Section 467.5, and does not apply to pedicabs defined in
subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 467.5.
(a) If alcoholic beverages are consumed on board the
pedicab, a pedicab defined in subdivision (c) of Section 467.5 shall
additionally operate subject to all of the following requirements:
(1) The consumption of alcoholic beverages onboard the pedicab
shall be authorized by local ordinance or resolution.
(2) An onboard safety monitor who is 21 years of age or older
shall be present whenever alcohol is being consumed by passengers
during the operation of the pedicab. The onboard safety monitor shall
not be under the influence of any alcoholic beverage and shall be
considered as driving the pedicab for purposes of Article 2
(commencing with Section 23152) of Chapter 12 of Division 11 during
the operation of the pedicab.
(3) Both the operator and safety monitor shall have completed
either the Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) program
implemented by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control or a
training course utilizing the curriculum components recommended by
the Responsible Beverage Service Advisory Board established by the
Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
(4) Alcoholic beverages shall not be provided by the operator or
onboard safety monitor or any employee or agent of the operator or
onboard safety monitor of the pedicab. Alcoholic beverages may only
be supplied by the passengers of the pedicab. All alcoholic beverages
supplied by passengers of the pedicab shall be in enclosed, sealed,
and unopened containers that have been labeled pursuant to Chapter 13
(commencing with Section 25170) of Division 9 of the Business and
Professions Code prior to their consumption on board the pedicab.
(5) Alcoholic beverages may be consumed by a passenger of the
pedicab only while he or she is physically on board and within the
(6) All passengers shall be 21 years of age or older if alcohol is
consumed during the operation of the pedicab.
(7) For purposes of this subdivision, passengers who are pedaling
the device are not operators.
(b) A license or permit from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage
Control shall not be required of the operator or onboard safety
monitor, so long as neither they, nor their employees or agents sell,
serve, or furnish any alcoholic beverage to any passenger.
(c) For purposes of this section, "alcoholic beverage" has the
same meaning as defined in Section 23004 of the Business and
(d) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1,
2020, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted
statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2020, deletes or extends
This article does not preclude a local authority from
imposing more stringent operating or equipment requirements on a
pedicab subject to this article.