Queens Councilman Wants Horse-Drawn Carriages Banned From City Streets
May 11, 2006
A Queens councilman plans to introduce legislation Thursday that would
ban hansom cabs from city streets and allow them only in Central Park.
Councilman Tony Avella says the mix of the horse-drawn carriages with
pedestrians, cars, buses, bikers, and emergency vehicles is a recipe for
The hansom cabs are allowed to leave Central Park after 9 p.m. and can
go as far as Times Square after 11:30 p.m.
Some animal rights activists say the carriages are cruel to the horses
and they are calling for an outright ban on the vehicles.
Avella says hansom cabs have been involved in a number of recent
accidents, including a bad crash in January. The carriage driver was
seriously injured and the horse had to be euthanized.
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