KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) has imposed a ban on Qingqi Rickshaws across Sindh including Karachi after turning down the stay order that was acquired last year by Qingqi Rickhswas.
Sindh Transport department made an announcement declaring Qingqi Rickshaws as illegal and banned the specific transport facility but the move was challenged by Qingqi Rickshaws Association.
In its decision, the court directed Chief Secretary Sindh, Interior Ministry, Secretary Transport, Administrator Karachi and Commissioner Karachi to start a crackdown against the bike-rickshaws being practiced in the province without having any permits of route, fitness certificates and registration.
The court also asked the concerned authorities to impound illegal Qingqis and fine the drivers and owners of that hazardous transport machine.
Meanwhile, the SHC dismisses Qingqi association’s appeal demanding stay on crackdown, and imposed fine of Rs. 10,000 on the association for hiding facts.
The Qingqi Rickshaws are commonly seen in less developed areas of the country and are used most commonly by low earning public. This transportation machine cost cheat and can be useful for travelling within a small area. However, it is considered as hazard not only for transportation system but also for environment since it produces high pitched sound and smoke.