Saturday, April 16, 2011


Rickshaw is an amazing transportation. It is quite popular and traditional transport of Pakistan. It is the most important modes of transportation in Pakistan. It is three wheel vehicles but has better road grip. It performs multiple tasks. It is not only economical, but carry passenger in style and comfort.

Rickshaws are more common use in cities and blend with our daily routine life. Its popularity is through out Pakistan. Rickshaw is not only extremely easy to travel but also quickly accessible.  It is found waiting for passengers at railway stations, bus stops, hospitals, parks and other public places. Rickshaws are found in abundance. These are easily available and can reach to any place where other transport can not get there. It can take flexible u turns within small area, which is one of its additive qualities that make it significance from other vehicles. They are best suited to narrow, crowded streets, and are thus the principal means of covering longer distances within city. Rickshaw offers an economical and convenient mode of transportation. It is most popular transport mainly due to its size and speed.

A rickshaw is generally designed a frame resting on three wheels, a canvas roof with drop-down sides, a small cabin in the front of the vehicle for the and seating space for up to three passengers in the rear. Rickshaw is designed as compact automobile. Instead of steering wheel it is control with handlebar. It is light weighted vehicle.  The important part of these rickshaws are privacy from driver as he can not easily heard chit chat of passenger and women feels satisfied with this situation especially returning from shopping as they discuss things.  

Rickshaw is designed to can carry up to three people at ease, with their luggage in the leg space. But it is often seen these vehicles are overloaded, especially in school, college, university timings and around markets. The driver seat is like a bench so it can fit two more persons with him. Women always sit at the back cabin. Some times their men or children sit with driver on his bench. Rickshaws are also best for transport all kinds of goods.
In Pakistan rickshaw is always ride by men. But it is also true that it is extensively used by women and is most suitable for them. If it is called women transport it won’t be wrong. Through out streets majority of passenger in rickshaw are women. Every rickshaw has fare meters, but mostly the trip costs are negotiated in advance.

Rickshaws are used all over the Pakistan except they are forbidden in the capital, Islamabad. In some posh areas and around hotels it is ban. There is also motorcycle rickshaws used in rural area of Pakistan. As the cost of fuel is constantly increasing and transportation has become expensive and also in cities due to population transport is not sufficient for every passenger. Therefore some Rickshaws are modified to have a large body with which it can carry more than six or seven passengers.

Some rickshaws are adorned with beautiful designs and human eyes etc. The Rickshaws back are displayed with messages like poetry, praise, criticism, puzzling questions, requests, challenges etc.  There are also written funny comments. It is really a fun to observe the back of rickshaw.

Rickshaws are relatively low top-speed than taxis. The irritating thing about rickshaw is its loud noise.  Now a day CNG rickshaws are on roads. The newly manufactured CNG rickshaws are more fuel-efficient and have a lower center of gravity, making them safer than older models All CNG rickshaws are painted green to signify that the vehicles are eco-friendly.

Rickshaw is so important in culture and society of Pakistan that with out it passengers will face trouble. It suits to all type and age of people. It is merged in our daily lives and has silently played key role. Where ever we move out in the world, definitely miss this tiny superb transportation which serves us so frequently. If you have not yet travel in rickshaw than do it today, otherwise you will surely miss a major part of the culture of Pakistani society.

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