Published On: Tue, Jan 21st, 2014
Published in Category: Lahore

Punjab govt imposes ban on Qingqis in Lahore

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LAHORE: The Punjab government on Monday imposed a ban on Qingqi rickshaws in Lahore, Express News reported.

Around 0.1 million rickshaw drivers will become unemployed because of this decision and the provincial government has said they will be provided with alternative means to earn a living.

The government said its decision to phase-out the motorcycle rickshaws was based on increasing traffic congestion, accidents and pollution in the city.

A recent report by the city’s environmental department blamed Qingqis for 80% of the pollution in Lahore.

The Lahore Transport Company (LTC) – responsible for phasing-out the motorcycle rickshaws – had earlier planned to conduct a study of the number of passenger rides taken on Qingqi in the city.

The LTC had said that the motorcycle rickshaw was more dangerous for passengers than conventional rickshaws and was also more detrimental to the flow of traffic. However, it had also acknowledged that it is a cheap and convenient mode of transport for many.