Daytona Beach weighs pedicab restrictions

Council expected to approve new rules on Wednesday

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Daytona Beach City Council is expected to approve new rules and requirements for pedicab drivers.

According to Wednesday's agenda, council staff is recommending the council approve the new ordinance.

If approved, pedicab drivers would have to undergo criminal background checks and submit to drug tests. Drivers would also have to pay $200 per year for a permit.

The proposal for new requirements comes after 28-year-old George Brainard, a pedicab driver, was arrested for allegedly raping a woman following the Daytona 500 in February.

Local 6 spoke to pedicab drivers after the council's initial vote. Drivers say the new regulations would force many of them to find a new job.

"An extra $200 is a hardship," said pedicab driver Jenny Nazak. "A lot of the people who come here come to Daytona Beach after being unemployed for a while."

"It really could shut us down," said Jonathan Forgione, owner of Five Star Pedicabs in Daytona Beach.

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