Rear Brake Lights Always On

I have a 99 323i. The brake lights are always on and the dash display shows both rear light indications. Is this a problem with the brake pedal sensor? Also, does any one have advice on removing the panel
around the pedals. The screws are obvious, but there is a small plastic rivet on the right side that is quite stuborn. Thanks for your help!
Brian
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Brian wrote:

That's not a rivet - it's a small trim cover over a philips screw. Pry the cover off gently and the screw will be revealed.
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