SHC imposes ban on plying of Chingchi rickshaws

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday 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.

SHC bench comprising Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi and Justice Mohammad Junaid Ghaffar announced its verdict after hearing arguments from both sides and observed that plying of these rickshaws is violation of Motor Vehicle Rules 1969.

The petition was filed in SHC seeking the court’s order to ban Chingchi rickshaws running on roads. The petitioner pleaded the court to impose a ban on motorcycle rickshaws as these were being piled without route permit, registration and number plates. These rickshaws were mostly driven by underage drivers and caused a large number of accidents.

The crackdown was also started on these makeshift rickshaws in 2013 in the Metropolis but it was stopped due the high court’s stay order on a petition of Chinchi Rickshaw association. Chinchi Rickshaw association had stanced that that a private firm had introduced motorcycle rickshaws in Punjab in 2000 and motorcycle rickshaws were allowed to operate in Sindh after permission of the provincial transport authority. They said that these rickshaws were operating in the city, facilitating low-income people.

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