- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The board of aldermen is looking at a change to an Oxford ordinance to require all pedicabs to place a “slow moving vehicle” triangle emblem on the center rear of the vehicle.

The pedicabs - also known as cycle rickshaws - transport passengers in a carriage-styled seat hooked to a bicycle. The pedicabs may only travel on streets with designated bike lanes that have a 35 mph speed limit. They were approved by aldermen last fall.

The “slow moving vehicle” triangle emblem is often seen on the back of the carriages of the Amish population.

The Oxford Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1mM3phe ) aldermen were concerned this week about making the cabs more noticeable to other motorists.

Under the ordinance change, the emblem must not be lower than 2 feet and no higher than 6 feet above ground level. It must meet the minimum specifications of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for slow moving vehicle emblems, which is a fluorescent yellow-orange triangle with a dark red reflective boarder and be no smaller than 16 inches by 14 inches in size.

“We’re looking at having a major catastrophe out there if someone rams into the back of one of these things,” Alderman Jay Hughes said.

Tuesday was the board’s first look at the ordinance. By law, the city must have two readings for an ordinance change or addition, with one being a public hearing.

While the aldermen have the discretion on whether to have a third reading, the rules about waiving a 30-day enforcement period require the board to show the immediate action on the ordinance is something that is needed in the interest of the public’s health and safety.

Aldermen, at the suggestion of board attorney Pope Mallette, decided to hold a public hearing in two weeks, hold a vote on the second reading and waive the 30-day enforcement requirement.

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Information from: Oxford Eagle, https://www.oxfordeagle.com

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