Peddlin' Pirates Not Peddling

The Peddlin' Pirates rickshaw company has been shuttling people around Greenville for about four months now - but its owners say the Greenville Police department shut it down Wednesday for not having a taxi license.

Peddlin' Pirates owners say they don't mind getting a taxi license, but say many parts of the application don't apply to them because rickshaws are not motor vehicles.

Greenville's city clerk says she's going to talk with the city attorney to see whether the taxi license is applicable to the company, or if city code might need to be re-written to include rickshaw ordinances.

Peddlin' Pirates owners say either option is fine with them, as long as their business can open up again soon.

Greenville's city clerk says she's not sure how long it will be until the Peddlin' Pirates will be able to operate again, but says she doesn't think they'll be open in time for ECU's game against Memphis this weekend.

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  • by bob Location: jones on Feb 18, 2011 at 08:29 PM
    who gives acrap about greenville that city just sucks ecu sucks too ha ha there a joke who cares about getting a bike ride all u people are morons
  • by B-Ryan Location: Greenville on Sep 10, 2010 at 04:31 PM
    Guess they want me to drink and drive now...
  • by Tim Location: GVL on Sep 10, 2010 at 02:15 PM
    GPD has gotten out of control, with the code enforcement dept now operating as gun carrying officers they too love to show their power
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Sep 10, 2010 at 01:11 PM
    If I was those boys I would file a lawsuit with the City of Greenville, as they are doing an unconstitutional act. The City of Greenville needs to be sued over this. It's time that the State of North Carolina start investigating the internal corruption that goes on in this government. If they did this, you would be amazed at how many of these politicians with the city could end up in state prison.
  • by Bonnie Location: Greenville on Sep 10, 2010 at 01:08 PM
    Shouldn't they have had a "peddler's liscence"? LOL Honestly, don't the police have better things to do? I drove down Arlington yesterday and watched aggressive drivers speeding, tailgating and rapid lane switching. There was not a cop in sight. Probably harrassing the peddlers.
  • by Wes G Location: Greenville, NC on Sep 10, 2010 at 12:37 PM
    The fact that the police are shutting this down is unbeliavable. Something like this is great for this city. The city should be helping companies like this not giving them a hard time. This is showing the general college age crowd here how little the city cares for their saftey and support of small buisnesses. If there is a petition to support these guys someone let me know I would be more than happy to support them.
  • by Gville Biker Location: Greenville on Sep 10, 2010 at 12:28 PM
    OK,I just want to know: is the business called "Pedalin' Pirates," or "Peddlin' Pirates"? If the latter, what are they peddling? And can I buy some?
  • by RICK Location: BATH on Sep 10, 2010 at 11:40 AM
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Sep 10, 2010 at 11:33 AM
    Idk about it being a "simple" solution. That all depends on the cost. You don't want to know what a taxi license costs in New York, for example. Again, there are many places with pedicabs - like San Franciso - where they aren't required to have a taxi license... which is for motor vehicles.
  • by J Location: Greenville on Sep 10, 2010 at 09:48 AM
    I find it hilarous that after 10pm you have a 90% chance of getting jumped by a gang initiation by Cubbies on evans, or be harassed on the porch of Supdog's by all the gang members who try to steal beer off tables and ask for money when they jump the railing, but the city can interfere with a legitimate company that has taken every precaution to run it's business within city ordinances and state laws. Not only have they provided jobs, but it's great for the environment, is keeping it local, and is ran by by ECU alumni. Way to go Greenville, support your small businesses! What does it take to get the city to focus on real issues? The prostitution on Grande Ave and West 5th ST? Gang Activity all over town/downtown?

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