We Love DC has the story about a recent change in policy with the National Park Police along the Mall.
“Tourmobile, who has a contract with the park service, was making a complaint about pedicabs and Park Services were pressuring PP to ticket pedicabs on Madison and Jefferson. I claimed that taxis and tour buses operate around the Mall all day long, and they informed him they had a permit to be there.”
The guys at National Pedicab don’t believe they’re breaking any other ordinances. As they understand it, vendors on the Mall need a special license to exchange money, but because the pedicabs are technically free (just tips), they believe they are not affected by it. However, Danny mentioned that after the incident on Monday, he has since inquired if they do indeed need a license or permit; so far, their calls to the Permit department at the Park Police have yet to be returned.
National Pedicab is trying to work this out. But if the Park Service prevents pedicabs from operating near the Mall, it would be a shame. Are taxicabs not allowed to pick up passengers from the Mall?