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SC bans Qingqi rickshaws across the country

ISLAMABAD: The apex court on Wednesday banned Qincqi rickshaws all across Pakistan, saying that only those rickshaws would be allowed, which have been approved by the government.

A two-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed issued the order today, stating: “Besides approved Qingqi rickshaws no other rickshaw shall be allowed to operate.”

Highlighting the poor standards for public transportation the bench remarked: “Buses from 1950 are still operational in Karachi; noisy motorcycle-rickshaws are also running all over the country.”

“The government has started the Metro Bus, Green Bus, and Orange Line Transport services across the country, but no one is regulating the Qingqi rickshaw system,” Justice Gulzar said.

He said that these rickshaws are dangerous and often turn turtle while manoeuvring turns.

The court also said: “Government remains sleeping and just awakes when several adopt some mean as source of income.”

The court said urged to resolve the issue and also asked to ensure that people do not lose their sources of income.

The bench clarified that the ban will be imposed in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan as the Sindh High Court (SHC) had already declared Qingqi rickshaws illegal in the province.

These rickshaws are seen on all roads of these provinces as they gained wide acceptance among public despite accidents. The reason behind their acceptance is low travel/transportation cost which make them cheap means of travel inside cities, towns and villages.