Crackdown on CNG rickshaws challenged in SHC

KARACHI: All Karachi CNG Rickshaw Association on Wednesday filed a petition in the Sindh High Court (SHC) seeking stoppage to ongoing crackdown on CNG rickshaws.

The Association named Sindh government, transport ministry, ministry of Excise & Taxation and DIG traffic police as respondents.

The petitioner pleaded the court that CNG rickshaws had been operated on the roads of Karachi for past four years but now traffic police have started crackdown on it.

They submitted that SHC has imposed a ban on motorcycle/ Chingchi rickshaws but traffic police have launched a crackdown on CNG rickshaws which is an illegal act.

The petitioner said that CNG rickshaws were operating in the city, facilitating low-income people. They said that over 10,000 families have been suffering because of this ongoing crackdown.

The association requested the court to restrain the respondents from taking action against CNG rickshaws.

It is pertinent to mention here that the SHC on 5th August imposed ban on running of motorcycle rickshaws better known as Chingchi rickshaws running without route permits and other necessary documentations on main roads of Karachi and other parts of Sindh.