Qingqi rickshaws granted legal permission to operate

Staff Reporter

The 4-seater motorcycle rickshaws ,called QingqisMotorcycle-rickshaws, commonly known as Qingqis, have been allowed to operate in Karachi, after winning a court battle for a considerable long time.
These vehicles were banned in the province by the Sindh High Court in 2015 becaue of safety and legal concerned, but courts have allowed to be on roads once they fulfill certain conditions , which are 17 in number..Reports said that the pre-conditions, suggested by the Sindh Transport Department, include include: 100cc motorcycles, capacity for four passengers, safety guards both in front and at the back of the vehicle, and side and front mirrors.
Atif Raza, President of the All-Sindh Qingqi Motorcycle Rickshaws Association, a Qingqi model fulfilling all these 17 criteria has been prepared which was approved by the Motor Vehicles Department in April last year.
Laws relating to the operation of Qingqis were also finalised in October 2016, Atif Raza pointed out. The official added that the Qingqi Motorcycle Rickshaws Association has provided a comprehensive list of routes to the government, which is pending approval. Once the routes are approved, the Qingqi rickshaws will be back on Karachi roads, he said.
However, even after approval the Qingqis will not be allowed to run on main arteries of Karachi.

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