Become a Pedicabber
Easy Rider Pedicabs wants you to enjoy all the benefits that pedicabbing has to offer. We currently have openings for new pedicabbers, with cabs available to lease by the month or by the night.
Note: These instructions only pertain to Austin permitting, for the Chicago process, give us a call!
How to get started
Request an Interview
First things first, if you’d like to pedicab, we’d like to know who you are! This is a vibrant community with individuals from all walks of life and we’re positive you’ll be able to carve out a niche in our world. Every shop has its own flavor and there’s no better way to see if this is where you’ll hang your cap than to schedule an appointment to come by and meet with us. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Schedule an Interview
PROTIP – If you clicked “yes” on any of those yes-or-no questions, you’re probably not going to make the short list.
Get a national criminal background check
The City of Austin likes to keep its streets safe, as any good city would, and to that end they have a fair, but stringent set of requirements for the those who wish to act as a chauffeur. If you have any felony convictions in the last seven years, you might as well stop here and wait for the statute of limitations to pass by; the city controls this, not us. That’s not all, though. Sure disqualifications are probation that is less than half completed, unpaid fines, lack of a valid Texas driver’s license, convictions, or 4 or more moving violations in the last year. You can find a full list of disqualifications in the Austin City Code section 13-2-103
To prove to the city that you are not some kind of wayward vagabond, seeking to prey on our citizens, they require that you undergo a criminal background check. You can follow these instructions to set an appointment with Identgo, a national provider of fingerprint background checks. They will fingerprint and photograph you, and in a 1 to 10 days they will transmit a copy of the record directly to the Austin Ground Transportation office. Remember that the IdentoGo Service Code is 11GYVN
If you live in Austin, you can also go directly to the DPS office at 108 Denson. Make sure you ask for a national-level fingerprint-based criminal-history check spanning at least 7 years. This method usually has a faster turnaround time.
The cost of these records is, at the time of this writing, $39(2/11/17)
Get a copy of your certified 3A driving record
This one takes just a few minutes. Usually…
You’re going to need a certified 3A Driving Record from the Texas Department of Public Safety. You can print out a hard copy directly from their webpage in that link, there, or by clicking on the button below. Make sure you choose type 3A. Also, make sure you get it from the .gov or .tx.us website. Those .coms and .orgs out there will charge you an extra $20. You must have your most recently issued and valid TX driver’s license and audit number when you request your records – best to keep your card on hand.
If you’ve been a resident of another state in the last 3 years, it gets a little more complicated than that. You must in this case also get a certified copy of your driver record from that state of residence as well. Most states can do this over the internet, the same as Texas. You will likely need your driver’s license number from that state, if not your birth certificate, social security number, or other form of required ID. Additionally, some states require you do it through the postal service.
If you have any moving violations on your driving record(s) in the last 3 year, you must have a completed defensive driving certificate dated after the most recent infraction. Any Texas DD certification program will work, but I recommend Improv if you need to do this now. It’s an online traffic school that’s very convenient and available in every state (you need to complete the Texas course, regardless of where you had a moving violation). When you’re finished, don’t pay extra for expedited shipping. Log back in after the course and you may print out your certificate immediately.
The cost of Texas 3A records is, at the time of this writing, $12(2/11/17)
Get an Application
You’re going to need to print out the first 3 pages of the Austin chauffeur’s permit application. You can ignore everything after the notary public signature block. That is a vestigial part of the document.
You can prepare for the chauffeur’s permit test by reading all of Austin city code 13-2.
You will have to take a written test to determine if you know how to read a MAPSCO map and are familiar with City code 13-2. It now covers all of the ground transportation services and not just pedicabs.
Get the Application Notarized
Take the Test
Present your documentation and take your chauffeur’s permit test at the City of Austin Department of Ground Transportation at 1111 Rio Grande, on the southeast corner of 12th Street and Rio Grande.
These are extremely pleasant and patient people, despite having to oversee every kind of chauffeur in the city, among other things. Your official records should not be more than 30 days old when you go in, or your paperwork will not be accepted and you will have to start the process over again. Applications are accepted Monday-Friday from 8:30AM to 11:00AM. In the weeks before SXSW and ACL you may have to arrive before 10:00 AM because of long lines. After your test is graded you will get photographed and your pedicab license will be printed on the spot.
The cost of taking the test is, at the time of this writing, $20(2/11/17)
PROTIP – If festival season is looming, follow this age-old pedicab addage: “Get there early enough to be first in line”
Receive Your Training
Congratulations! You got your license and are ready to be trained the black art of pedicab driving. It takes about 3 hours for our trainers to give you a full tour of the city and the experience. You’ll give a few rides, meet a few people, and turn your legs to jelly (later, into steel).
You can rent your cab daily, nightly, or monthly. Our equipment is fine tuned and our mechanical service is fast and reliable. You won’t find better rental prices, either. No other pedicab company makes it as easy to have a profitable career as we do.
PROTIP – Don’t quit your day job. At least, not at first. Full time pedicabbing is possible, but requires a much higher competency level. Start slow and see where it takes you. Sorry, bro – magic isn’t real
Sign Up for Square
When was the last time you actually had a bunch of cash in your pocket when you went to hang around downtown? Don’t miss out on potential revenues by keeping it old school. Get a smartphone and sign up to use the Square app to take and process credit cards! If you follow our link, your first $1,000 worth of transactions are fee free.