SHC moved against traffic police for impounding rickshaws

KARACHI: All Karachi CNG Six-seater Rickshaw Welfare Association on Monday approached the Sindh High Court (SHC) against Karachi traffic police for impounding their rickshaws.

The petitioner All Karachi CNG Six-seater Rickshaw Welfare Association through its President Muhammad Abdul Qayum Khan filed a petition in SHC, naming DIG traffic police, secretary provincial transport ministry, secretary regional transport authority and others as respondents.

The petitioner submitted that Karachi traffic police had started crackdown aon CNG six-seater rickshaws in the pretext that these types of rickshaws were reckless for safety of the citizens. Advocate Javed Ahmed Chattari, representing petitioner organization, said that traffic police had fined around 2000 drivers of rickshaws and so far 2000 vehicles had been impounded by them.

Javed explained that six-seater rickshaws plying on different routes in the city came from Lahore but they are being manufactured in Hyderabad.

He said that rickshaw was legal vehicle as manufactures of these vehicles pay Rs16,786 taxes. He said that a large number of citizens purchased these rickshaws and made it source of income. Javed said that Sindh government had done nothing to resolve transport woes being faced by commuters. He said that these rickshaws had helped mitigate great hardship of commuters as they had to travel on footboard, rooftops and clinging to the windows of buses.

He requested the court to declare as legal the six-seater rickshaws and restrain respondents from creating hurdles in the operation rickshaws.

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