The notorious three wheeler public transport, Qingqi or “Chingchi” which is no more than a nuisance has been banned all over the country.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan, as reported by various media outlets, has passed the order to ban Qingqi rickshaws which are running illegally on the roads. There would be an exception for those rickshaws which are running as per approved standards of relevant authorities of the government.
Justice Gulzar Ahmed who is heading the two-member bench while hearing the case observed the hazards caused by unapproved and substandard rickshaws. The honorable justice in his remarks said “Buses from the 1950s are still operational in Karachi, and noisy Qingqi rickshaws are running all over the country. These rickshaws are dangerous and often flip over while maneuvering sharp turns.”
The court also observed that government was busy launching new kinds of transports such as Metro Bus System, Orange Line, etc. but no attention was being paid to fix the old prevailing system of transportation.
Although Metro Bus system is being replicated in other parts of the country after Punjab government took the initiative in Lahore and CM Shahbaz also launched Speedo buses just recently to connect the rest of the city with the metro bus system, public transport is still in a very fragile state even in the metropolitan cities. The vehicles are rarely maintained, unavailable on the routes and drivers are commonly seen violating the traffic rules openly.