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Karachi

August 13, 2015

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Transporters demand regularisation of auto rickshaws

Karachi
Human Rights Network (Karachi chapter) and representatives of Qingqi Auto-rickshaw Association on Tuesday announced to launch a campaign in collaboration with the Transport Ittehad for the regularisation of auto-rickshaws in the city.
They said that Qingqi rickshaws were a cheap and easy mode of transport for a large number of people in the city and province and their absence would cause great inconvenience to frequent users of public transport.
Speaking at a joint press conference at the KPC, the president of Human Rights Network Alam Soori said the ban on Qingqi rickshaws had created a crisis of public transport in the city. He said even though the ban did not apply to three-wheeler auto rickshaws but they were still being unduly harassed by the traffic police.
Soori said many rickshaw drivers had paid fines to the tune of between Rs5,000 and Rs7,000 even when their vehicles were in police custody. He demanded regularisation of all auto rickshaws in order to overcome the crisis and called for a system of mass transit system in the city.
Shehzad Mazhar, Tariq Khan and representatives of the Qingqi Auto-rickshaw Association also addressed the news conference and said daily commuters, especially students and women, were the most affected by the transport crises created by the ban on six-seater Qingqis.
They said at present there were around 10,000 public transport vehicles plying in the city. He said the 1500 buses, 4,500 mini buses and 4,000 coaches were insufficient to cater to the needs of 20 million people of the megapolis, when 14 years the total number of public transport vehicles in the city were around 22, 313.
They said 65,000 Qingqis, while 30,000 CNG auto-rickshaws and 100,000 three-seaters had been plying on the roads and they had been fined to the tune of Rs10 million. “As many as 28,000 CNG rickshaws have been fined during the past week only,” he said. “If the government regularises them then it can earn

revenue from their earnings.”

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